A loan of $400 helped to buy chambers, gears, tires, bolts, oil, and other spare parts.

Carmen's story

Carmen, 29, is a modest, optimistic, and very hardworking woman. She's in a relationship with David, 32. Together they have a child from their love, Milena, age 7, for whom she works hard and makes sacrifices every day. She works hard to be able to give her a better quality of life. Currently they live in their own house, which she got with so much effort and dedication. There they share their days as a close family.

Carmen makes a living mainly selling parts, components, and accessories for all types of vehicles, basically for motorcycle taxis. She also performs maintenance and repair on motorcycle taxis that have operating defects. Thanks to the excellent quality of her work she's recognized as one of the best in this area and has become one of the best known in the city. She shares this renown with her husband David, who also has worked with her since she started the business two years ago.

They have a lot of customers and she's always highly recommended. This generates security and financial stability because the flow of customers is high every day. They do this job in a place they rented together and although in the beginning it was a bit difficult because they were worried and had doubts, they didn't allow themselves to be frightened, and now they're making progress and want to continue growing.

What she likes most about her job is seeing that her customers are happy when they observe that the vehicles end up in good condition and functioning perfectly. This is a satisfaction she knows and shares up close because she also has two motorcycle taxis. Her big goal is to get a bigger place where she can offer better customer service and have more spare parts in various brands, whether to sell them or to continue doing good repair work.

With the requested amount of 1000 soles (PEN) she'll increase her stock of spare parts, components, accessories, and tools in her shop, including chambers, gears, tires, bolts, oil, and other parts in various brands.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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