A loan of $750 helped to purchase tires and maintenance for his vehicle.

Marcelo Martin's story

Marcelo is 56 years old. He is very happy and charismatic. He has 2 children, ages 18 and 21, who are currently studying at the university. He is very proud of them and that he has helped them get ahead. He is separated from his wife. In his free time, Marcelo likes to play soccer, especially when he is worried, because it distracts him and prevents him from being in a bad mood. Like a good Peruvian, he loves Peruvian cuisine. His favorite meal is "Arroz con Pato", rice with duck. Marcelo only completed school through the 5th year of secondary school, but he would have really liked to study to be an Auto Mechanic.

Marcelo has had a taxi (transportation) service in the city streets for 17 years. He works around 9 hours a day and may have up to 35 customers per day. He thinks his business is doing well because he has a good fare and because he likes to help his customers when they have a lot of bags or if they are carrying a baby, and for this reason his customers are pleased.

Marcelo is very thankful to Kiva lenders since thanks to them he will be able to purchase tires and do maintenance on his vehicle. With these improvements he will have a car in good conditions that above all will be safe for him and his customers. With this loan he can save for his greatest dream, that his children complete their educations and become professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Michele Magrino

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