A loan of $2,175 helped a member to maintain his taxi and be able to afford service.

Monte Negro Group's story

The Monte Negro group is made up of five people from the community of Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca, where most people speak the Mixtec language.

One of the members of the group is the 40-year-old Florentino, who works driving a taxi in a place called Kasandoo, located in his area. Florentino explains that the word "Kasandoo" means "adobe house" in Mixtec. He has worked as a taxi driver for three years, and for him, they have been the best years of his life. Now, he can do what he enjoys: help people by offering his services or giving a ride to those who really need it. With the goal of continuing his good service, Florentino is asking for a loan for maintenance on his taxi.

For Mr. Florentino, one of the best experiences that he has had as a taxi driver was when he picked up a person in his taxi and brought them to their destination even though they didn't have the money to pay him. After a while, he encountered the same person exactly when he needed to talk to somebody about personal matters. Thanks to the trust created by what happened in the first encounter, Mr. Florentino felt comfortable talking about what happened then.

According to his own words, one of the characteristics that a person should have in order to be a taxi driver is, more than anything, honesty. On occasion, passengers leave valuable things forgotten in the taxi and it's the perfect time for one to practice his/her virtues. Mr. Florentino says that he considers himself to be a special person because he likes to face difficulties. Since he was a small child, he has known how to earn his daily bread. It was difficult to do because his parents were people of few resources. In addition, in Florentino's visit, he wanted to share a phrase with which he greatly identifies: "In place of being a successful man, try to be a valuable man. The rest will come naturally."

The other members in the group are:

Felipe - works selling traditional corn-based Mexican dishes
Hector Manuel - works selling food
Floriberta - works selling food
Rosa - works selling traditional corn-based Mexican dishes

They give their thanks to Vision Fund for helping working men and women.

In this group: Felipe, Florentino, Héctor Manuel, Floriberta, Rosa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Daniel Lemon

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