A loan of $800 helped to buy a new compressor.

Mauricio's story

Mauricio is 45 years old. He went to school up to the 9th grade. He is married, and his wife dedicates herself to the needs of the household. He has three children, aged 19, 17 and 15, of whom two are in school. In addition to his wife and children, his sister-in-law and her baby also live with him.

He works as a mechanic in body work and painting. He learned this profession out of necessity, since his parents were not able to cover the household expenses, and for this reason they sometimes went for days without anything to eat. Thus he went to a mechanic's workshop and became an apprentice, and little by little he learned this trade. Currently, he has 30 years of experience as a mechanic in body work and painting. He travels on a bicycle to the workshop, which is 4 kilometers from his house, and he works from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

With the loan, he will buy a new compressor, which will be greatly useful in his work. Without one, he is unable to paint the vehicles he repairs; thus, he cannot finish the jobs himself and does not have that income to support his family. It is also inconvenient for his customers, because the vehicles are not repaired within a reasonable time. However, now he will be able to continue his work, thanks to the loan provided to him.

His dream for his children is to see them gain professional training, so that they can face the future and not suffer through what he experienced. With regard to his work, he would like to set up a large workshop offering a range of automotive services, but he recognizes that for this he will have to work twice as hard as he has done up to now.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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