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Josue Smith
Josue Smith, 27, was unable to finish high school due to economic factors. When he was 18 he met his common-law wife and they had three children. He used to work as a mason's assistant or helping his sister sell clothing at the market, but was not earning enough to give his children and wife certain comforts. This is why she decided to leave him and their three children, and he has not heard from her since.

Despite everything that happened he did not let depression get the better of him, but rather became stronger in order to get ahead together with his children. With his sister's support he bought a motorcycle (which he is still paying for), and uses it as his work instrument. He has been offering motortaxi services for four years in the town of Chimore. Now he is requesting a loan to pay off the vehicle and buy a new, better motorcycle so he can earn more money and improve his children's lifestyle.
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Josue Smith, es una persona de 27 años de edad, que por circunstancias de la vida tuvo que dejar de estudiar por factores economicos, y no pudo acabar el bachillerato, a los 18 años se conocio con su pareja y tuvieron 3 hijos, el trabajaba como ayudante de albañil o ayudando a su hermana en la venta de ropa en el mercado, pero los ingresos eran bajos para dar ciertas comodidades a sus hijos y a su mujer sobre todo. Por lo que ella decidio abandonarlo a él y a sus tres pequeños, y no supo más de ella. Pero a pesar de todo el no se hundio en la depresión, al contrario se fortaleció para salir adelante con sus tres hijos. Con el apoyo de su hermana compro una motocicleta (que aún no termino de pagar) que ahora es su herramienta de trabajo. Trabaja como mototaxista hace 4 años en la población de Chimore. Ahora el solicita el crédito para liberarse del poco saldo que le resta pagar y comprarse una moto nueva de mejor calidad que le ayuden a aumentar sus ingresos y mejorar la calidad de vida de sus pequeños.

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CIDRE is a Bolivian microfinance institution with a strong social commitment to the community. It works to provide quality financial services to rural and peri-urban borrowers, focusing primarily on agricultural loans for dairy farmers and micro-enterprises. CIDRE targets segments of the population that have not traditionally had access to credit, and invests in much-needed community development projects. It is currently working with coca farmers in the Chapare region to replace coca with less controversial crops. Get more involved by joining the Friends of CIDRE lending team.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 127
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,246,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 6.9
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,450 helped Josue Smith to buy a motorcycle.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 2, 2013
Apr 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 19, 2015