A loan of $1,000 helped to move to premises in the city center, which is located 6 kilometers from his house. He already has contacts and he will pay to rent the premises and will buy more tools (two rim levelers and two pumps to inflate tires) and spare bicycle parts. He's considering employing a friend to achieve this activity. The rest he will invest in the construction of a septic tank and install a flush toilet, to put solid waste from his house.


Héctor Rafael's story

Hector is 25 years old, unmarried and lives with his mother. Since he was 18, he has worked as a taxi driver, using vehicles of a friend, who passed away, relatives sold the units. Four years ago when he became unemployed, he chose to repair bicycles. He learned this trade while working for a friend, whom he worked for 6 months. He does this business in the patio of his house. In addition, he gets income from using his vehicle to drop off and pick up 8 children in his community to school.

The loan will be invested to move to premises in the city center, which is located 6 kilometers from his house. He already has contacts and he will pay to rent the premises and will buy more tools (two rim levelers and two pumps to inflate tires) and spare bicycle parts. He's considering employing a friend to achieve this activity. The rest he will invest in the construction of a septic tank and install a flush toilet, to put solid waste from his house. With the investment, he will be able to expand the business with the objective of obtaining better income to support him and his mother as well as improving sanitary conditions in his home. Currently he has an unhygienic bathroom and it is considered a source of contamination.

Hs wish is to expand his bicycle repair business and someday hopes to buy and distribute new bicycles, in addition to buying a taxi to work in the transportation sector, showing that he knows the activity.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diana Lima



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