A loan of $1,200 helped to buy tools to repair vehicles.

Javier Otoniel's story

22-year old Javier is a mechanic. He lives with his mother and three younger siblings. For the last four years he has been working as a mechanic, and with his income he helps support the family and provide them with a decent standard of living.

Because of his excellent work, Javier has many customers who regularly need his services. Recently he was given the opportunity to start his own small business at the entrance to the city. Up till now he has worked out of his house and didn't have anywhere to meet his customers. He had to take the vehicles to other places to mend them, entailing extra expenses.

A friend has offered to rent him a place where he can do everything on site. That means that Javier now has to equip the workshop with tools for all kinds of vehicles, so he has approached Fundación Campo for a loan. He wants to buy the most widely used tools, but is also thinking of buying special tools for less common vehicles.

Javier works every day except Sundays when he goes to church as he is strong Christian. Because of his beliefs he is very responsible and honest. The loan from Fundación Campo will enable him to have a greater number of customers and thus increase his income. He will be able to expand his workshop and help his siblings and mother get ahead.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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