A loan of $750 helped to maintain and repair his vehicle, to buy doors and a sandwich trolley.


Jose Antonio's story

Jose is a 26-year-old young man. He lives with his wife, who he loves very much and with whom he has a wonderful 2-year-old son. For his son, he works hard and would give his life because his son is the greatest gift that God has given him. His home is located in the city of Ica, known for its hot climate, as well as for its agriculture, especially cotton, grapes, asparagus, and other products. When he has free time, he likes to play soccer with his friends and neighbors in the area because it helps to distract him a little from problems or a bad mood. Sometimes, he likes to eat one of his favorite dishes, which is the delicious "Ají de Gallina," or chicken stew. Due to his limited economic resources, he only finished secondary school, but he would have liked to study automotive mechanics.

Every day, Jose works enthusiastically as a motor taxi driver. Much like many people in our country, he could not find employment and this job helps him earn income and bring bread to the table for his family, especially his 2-year-old son. He works around 10 hours a day and can attend to around 20 customers each day. His wife also helps with household expenses by making sweets and selling them. He thinks that his business is going well because he is a hard-worker and, above all, he is respectful and kind.

Jose is very grateful for Kiva loans because thanks to the help they have given him, he will be able to perform general maintenance on his vehicle and buy doors. He will also be able to buy a sandwich trolley so that his wife can work by selling hamburgers. This way, he will have a well-maintained vehicle and will also be able to increase his income, which will allow him to provide a better quality of life for his family and continue forward in hopes of accomplishing his greatest goal: to have his own home and to give his son an education and a decent life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske



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