A loan of $2,300 helped to purchase a car for her husband to start a taxi business.

Ekaterine's story

Ekaterine is 41 years old. She lives in the village of Ruispiri, with her retired parents and husband. Ekaterine is a hair stylist. She works from her house and earns a small monthly income. Besides her main job, she helps her family members run an agricultural business. Specifically, they own a vineyard and produce wine with the harvested grapes. The wine is sold at the local open market. Ekaterine has one pig as well, and sells piglets seasonally.

The family's existing income is too small to cover daily expenses. That is why Ekaterine has decided to purchase a car so that her husband can work as a taxi driver. Ekaterine’s husband is jobless and was unable to find an appropriate job because there is a high unemployment rate in the region. With the credit received, Ekaterine will purchase a car, and it will be used as a taxi. Her husband will work as a driver to increase the family's income. Local people often use taxi services because the minibus line works hourly and they have to wait for transportation for a long time. The new business initiative, financed with this Kiva start-up loan, will significantly improve the living conditions of the family.

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