A loan of $1,525 helped to fund his vehicle repair business.

J Jesús's story

Don Jesús, 55, is a friendly man, always willing to share a joke with anyone he meets. He is married to Sra. Marcelina, a housewife. Don Jesús never had a chance to go to school because he had to go to work when he was very young. He worked at an electricals repair shop in a small city for a few years and when we asked him how he picked up the skills for it, he laughed loudly and said, "Well . . . the owner was my teacher, but he's 6 feet under now". He started his own auto repair business 23 years ago, he says and adds, "What I most like about my business is fixing cars and knowing that my customers will be happy with my work and come back if and when they need additional work". Don Jesús is applying for a loan to buy the spare parts he needs to operate his business. He usually receives supplies of spare parts 15 days after he submits orders for them. He hasn't been able to grow the business in the way that he'd like because his supplies are expensive and long lead times are often a problem. For the future, he wants to expand and improve his shop so that he can provide an even better service. Don Jesús wants you to know that he, "is very grateful to KIVA lenders and VisionFund for supporting small businesses over the years and helping me and others to help ourselves".

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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