A loan of $1,125 helped buy a mototaxi.


Jose Luis's story

Jose Luis, 28, is a young man who puts a lot of effort into getting ahead every day. He lives in the city of Ica, in the district of Santiago. This city is known for its warm climate and agriculture, especially crops like cotton, asparagus and grapes, all of which are exported to different countries around the world by the generosity of those inhabitants. Like all good Peruvians, he loves food and his favorite dish is “carapulcra con sopa seca” (a dish of dried potatoes with meat and sauce with a side of pasta and vegetable soup). Jose couldn’t study a professional career, but he would have liked to study auto mechanics. Jose lives with his partner and they have 2 children, 8 and 4 years old. He adores them as they are his reason to live.

Jose drives a mototaxi and provides transportation to the people of the city. He rents the mototaxi and gets up early in the morning to take advantage of the whole day since he has to return the vehicle at a determined hour. He works about 11 hours a day, but he also works all day on Sunday because the owner of the mototaxi offered it to him. Jose takes advantage of it to make a little extra cash. He thinks his business is going well because he’s determined to work, he’s responsible, honest, and above all, aware that the service he provides puts people’s lives in his hands and he has to do the best job he can.

Jose Luis is very grateful for the loan from Kiva. Thanks to their support, he will be able to buy his own mototaxi, and not have to rent one. He’ll also make more money and improve his quality of life. And, above all else, he’ll continue saving money to realize his big dream: to finish building his house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste



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