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A loan of $425 helped to purchase tools and parts for repairing cars, specifically, tires, tire patches, motor oil, brake fluid, antifreeze and some used parts.

Juan Diego's story

Juan is 20 years old, single and works in automotive repair and general mechanics. He and his brother work in the same shop. He left high school after his second year, choosing to work full time, which he has done for 5 years. Juan is a very upstanding young man who is full of life. He enjoys his work and he approaches each day enthusiastically. He is passionate about fixing cars.

As far as income, he feels like he can't complain given that he and his brother share expenses associated with the rent and maintenance of their shop. Juan sees the need to improve in his business by purchasing tools he lacks as well as other additional materials. The money from this loan will be put towards buying pliers, wrenches, various kinds of motor oil, filters, spark plugs, pistons, brake fluid, and antifreeze, among other items. Juan invested all of his capital specifically in improving the service provided in his business. At the shop, they do very good work which is why their clients come to them and know him and his brother very well, not to mention their father who also works in the automotive business, selling tires for all kinds of cars and trucks.

Juan tells us is that the greatest challenge he faces is himself, in striving to improve each day, continuing to learn and retaining his customers. He sees each day as another opportunity to improve and promote his business. He has never lacked for work and for that reason he has recently been in the process of growing his business. Juan wishes to have his own garage, with the necessary and appropriate equipment to facilitate their work. He wants for other young people, like him, to learn this trade, instead of taking the easy rode of alcohol, thefts and drugs. He is willing to help other young people by teaching them so that they can become self-sufficient and offer assistance to their families to improve their lives.

One of his hopes is that God will grant him health and more life so that he can one day own his own garage. With that gift, aside from just fixing cars, he could offer employment to other people. He would also like to have his own house and in the future have his own family, but not without having something to offer them. He is grateful to those who are instrumental in providing his loan. Thanks to all for your support and trust and may you continue supporting those who need it most.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tyson Shelley

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