So Juan, aka "La Gorda Bella," dreams of growing some primo coffee. Unfortunately, he also has to work a day job to pay the bills until his operation gets big enough. We kind of know what that's like here at UE. The UE business brain spends his evenings in an aircraft manufacturing plant repairing industrial electronic equipment. It's not the cleanest job and it's not very fun, but it comes with health insurance and a 401k among other things. Also, it is way better than driving a taxi.
Good Luck, Big Beauty!
Here are the details from Kiva:
Location: Chanchamayo, Peru
Primary Activity: Taxi
Loan Amount: $1,000
Repayment Term: 12 months
Loan Use: Pay to process his driver's license and buy fertilizers
"Juan just turned 35. He has lived with the beloved mother of his two children for 15 years. They are the motivation for his efforts. They currently live in their own house.
Since he was little he helped his parents in the agricultural work. From then on he was learning farming techniques. When he formed his own family he started planting citrus and coffee. He does this with his wife’s valuable help.
Also, six months ago he started driving a taxi from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. They pay him 20 PEN a day. On the week ends he works until 11 at night plowing in order to get greater income to support his family.
During the coffee harvesting months he leaves aside his work as a driver and works on gathering his harvest to avoid loosing the coffee beans, which are so valuable for his family.
Juan feels very pleased with his farming, and while he is driving in his car he thinks about his crops. One time he was robbed because he was not there. Because of that his wife tries to go to the fields constantly to take care that they bear fruit. When the crop is sold, he gets very good earnings. His goal is to increase his coffee crop.
This is his fifth consecutive loan working with MFP. He makes all of his payments on time. Juan has an amusing nickname, which is always the cause for laughter with his colleagues in his community bank. They call him the “the big beauty”.
The money he is asking for is to process his driver’s license in the local town hall. With the rest of the money he will buy chemical fertilizers to fertilize his coffee fields." Translated from Spanish by Ginny Kalish, Kiva Volunteer
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