A loan of $400 helped to buy spare parts for her vehicle.

Tezalia's story

64-year-old Tezalia is married to Hilario, who provides a transport service. The couple have 1 daughter, Lily, who is 30 years old. They live together in their own home together with their two grandchildren who they love very much. Tezalia's business is providing a passenger transport service with a motorcycle taxi that she bought with her savings. When she first started out in this business she hired a motorcycle taxi. She saw that its condition was deteriorating rapidly owing to the hard conditions that it was being put through and decided that her husband could drive it in order to provide a service. Four years ago, Tezalia bought her first vehicle and, over the years, she has also refurbished other vehicles as they deteriorate rapidly owing to the daily stresses that they are put through.

Tezalia enjoys her business as it makes her income with which she is able to cover her family's expenses. She started working in her business because she needed an income and was unable to find a stable job. She now feels more secure. She doesn't like it when her motorcycle taxis experience problems very quickly as it creates unforeseen expenses. However, she is still able to make good profits.

On this occasion, Tezalia is requesting a loan for 1,000 soles. She is happy to know that she has financial support which allows her to make progress in her business. For her part, she pledges to make her repayments on time. Tezalia will use the sum of money she has requested to buy spare parts and refurbish her motorcycle taxi's upholstery. This will make her passengers' journeys more comfortable.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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