A loan of $625 helped to buy new tires and seats for his moto-taxi.


Jose Elias's story

Jose Elias, 49, has 3 children who are 20, 27 and 29 years old. His children only got a high school education, because Jose did not have very much income and so was not able to give them the education that they had wanted. Jose also has only a high school education, but he would have liked to have studied automotive mechanics. Jose's favorite dish is “Tallarines con Papa a la Huancaína." This is a dish made with noodles and a tomato-based sauce, accompanied with boiled potatoes in a sauce made with cheese, yellow pepper and bread.

Jose has a mototaxi business; he transports passengers through the streets of his city. Jose devotes a lot of effort to his work. He works about 12 hours a day, tending to about 80 customers. In a day he earns about 68 Peruvian soles, but on his best days he can earn as much as 100 soles. Jose tells us that for him every day is a good day, because he can return to his home with money for the household expenses, and this provides him with a bit of tranquility at the end of the day. He believes that his business is going well because he has a lot of faith in God, and that God guides him on his steps so that he always has something to bring back to his home. Also, he is honest and respectful with his customers.

Right now, he is very grateful to the Kiva lenders, because this is the second time that he is being provided with support. Thanks to this support he will be able to improve his work vehicle, which is a moto-taxi, by purchasing new tires and new seats. This way, he will be able to provide more comfort to his passengers and thereby obtain more income so that he can save up to accomplish his dream: to buy an automobile.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar



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