A loan of $2,625 helped buy a solderer and jackhammer.

Stepan's story

Stepan is from Vinogradovo in Western Ukraine. He has a family with three children. Stepan installs and assembles plumbing and heating systems in houses and apartments, and and can connect water and sewer lines. He has already been in this business for 11 years. After being in the army he began doing this work for a company. In 2000 he began to work independently. He is doing well in areas of construction and remodeling.

Stepan plans to invest a 21,000 hryvnia loan from Kiva into getting a soldering iron for soldering large diameter pipe, and a more powerful jackhammer (43-45 ft lbs. impact energy) which costs 12,000 hryvnia. Stepan recently received a contract to connect heating and plumbing for a house which will require him to have more professional equipment. Stepan plans to reinvest the money he earns from the contact into his work, using a small part of it for a summer vacation with his family.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Hazen

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