A loan of $775 helped to maintain and buy parts for his vehicle.

Mansueto Adrian's story

Mansueto is 37 years old and he lives in the city of Mala, a city characterized by its cold climate in the winter. It is in an agricultural region where apples and bananas are grown. Also, the region has beautiful beaches that are visited frequently in the summers by lots of tourists.

Mansueto is a single father. His son is 4 years old and Mansueto acts as both mother and father to him. At the beginning it was a bit difficult to care for him alone because he didn't know how to change diapers or warm the bottle, but with lots of love he was able to learn how to care for him and to give him lots of love. When Mansueto has free time, he likes to read about the world in the newspapers and on occasion he plays soccer with his neighbors. He also takes walks through the city streets with his son, and he likes to enjoy his favorite dish, rice with chicken. Due to limited economic resources, he was only able to study until the fifth grade, but he would have liked to study to be an electrical engineer.

Day by day Mansueto works as a taxi driver. With his earnings he is able to pay the household expenses and pay for the costs of raising his son. He works about 10 hours per day and in that time he is able to drive about 16 clients. He believes that his work is successful because he is motivated by trying to get ahead for himself and his son. Therefore, he works very hard and is very motivated.

Mansueto is thankful for the Kiva loans and he gives thanks for the help that they have brought him. He will be able to maintain his taxi and buy parts so that he can have a vehicle in good working condition so that he will be able to drive his clients safely. This will also enable him to increase his income and to continue working hard so that he can make his biggest dream come true: "To give my son a good education and to have a successful business."

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Connelly

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