A loan of $500 helped she will buy a welding machine, oil, spares and accessories.

Esmeralda's story

Esmeralda is a member of the "La Mujer Riojana" Community Bank; she lives in the department of San Martín, in the province and district of Rioja. She and her husband have a mechanical workshop where they repair all sorts of small vehicles. The workshop is on a street in the center of the city and her clients are mainly motorbike taxis.

With this $500 loan, which will be repaid in six months, she will buy a welding machine, oil, and bulk spares and accessories for vehicles so as to improve the service she offers the clients who use her workshop on a daily basis and obtain what they need to stay on the road.

Esmeralda is 29 years old; she lives with her 3 children and her husband, who is a mechanic. He is the one who does the repairs. Her ambition is to have a shop selling spares and lubricants.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer John Rynne

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