A loan of $1,500 helped to buy bicycle and motorcycle tires, rims, and bicycle frames.

David Ernesto's story

David is a tenacious young man, 21 years old, with a partner and two children. For 5 years he has been repairing motorcycles and bicycles. He never had the help of his father, and it was his mother who raised him all his life. He learned the trade empirically, as near where he lived there was a small workshop, and every afternoon he went to watch how the work was done. Seeing the boy's persistence, one day they gave him the opportunity to work in the shop. This is how he learned, and two years ago he started his own workshop, where he now works. With the little income he earns, he buys materials in the city, at a shop known for wholesale parts and tools.

The loan he is requesting from Fundación Campo is to purchase bicycle and motorcycle tires, because he does not have them available for his clients; he repairs them but does not have them for sale to be able to change them. He will also buy rims. He would like to sell bicycle frames, which he does not sell at the moment. This way, he will improve and equip his small business. What he wants is to be able to provide better service to his customers.

Once his business conditions improve he will invest in the purchase of better quality replacement parts. David hopes to attract many more clients through those he currently has, and thus generate more income, with which he hopes to provide a better quality of life for his children.

David's plan is first to pay off the loan and continue to have the opportunity for new loans with the institution. Another is to give his children the chance to get a university degree, since he never had that chance, due to the lack of assistance from his father. He would also like to see his business grow.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristen McNeill

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