A loan of $850 helped to sell reconditioned shock absorbers.

Luis's story

Don Luis lives in the neighborhood community of Las Peñas belonging to the municipality of Oro, Mexico. He is not from here, but rather from the capital district, and has lived in this community a year and a half. Don Luis knows how to repair automobile shocks. He has 30 years of experience devoting himself to reconstructing car parts so they may have a second life. Currently he only repairs shock absorbers, and he applied for the loan in order to buy old shocks and repair them so he may continue selling them. The greatest difficulty he has is being able to obtain credit for his business. It is a small shop with enough space to be able to work comfortably. Don Luis mentions that he frequently sees used shock absorbers in good enough shape so they may continue to be used. His other difficulty is that people don't trust that the shocks are any good, which is also why sales are a little low.

Don Luis's goals are to be able to continue working since one cannot aspire to do more. The community where he lives does not have money for extras. If he were in the city he would think about opening another business because of all the people and cars, but where he is, the people think first about eating and then about fixing a car. Mr. Luis has two dependents and has been in a committed relationship for nine years. He lives in his own home and his wife is a housewife. He is 57 years of age and plans to continue on in his business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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