Cuban Bici-taxi

Transportation is in big demand in Cuba. Very few can afford to own a motorcycle, let alone a car. Therefore, you see a lot of human powered transportation, especially in rural areas.
A Bici-taxi
A Bici-taxi is a very popular mode of transportation. Pastor Mario was able to receive a loan of $450 from the FARMS committee to buy a used bici-taxi. I was able to visit the pastor and heard that the pastor’s twenty year old son, Josbani, is the operator of the taxi. Mario related what the loan meant to his family. He said it was a “huge blessing.” His son now has a full time job and the taxi has created enough income to provide for their entire family of eight! Also, Mario and his wife have a son that is special needs, and the added income made it possible to improve a room where their son sleeps.
Pastor Mario in from of his church
All of their income from the project is tithed to their rapidly growing church. In addition, about nine months ago they were led to plant another church that now has thirty members. Pastor Mario related that this project has allowed him to spend full time doing church ministry with the two churches. They use the bici-taxi to travel the 7 miles between their churches. Also, this taxi is used to take the elderly and disabled to the doctor and to church free of charge. Loan payments are made every 2 months. He again repeated, “How huge a blessing this loan has been for him and the church.” He could not stop praising FARMS International for the work we are doing in Cuba.
Pastor Mario's Family


    - Bill Wingenroth

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