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Ivan Montaño - Cali, Colombia - Short Video (Global Lives Project, 2013)

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My life as a horse-cart driver began when I walked by the "Cazona" area. I saw a beautifully painted horse cart. The horse was large. I fell in love with it and the cart so I asked the owner how much I could buy them for. He told me he would sell them to me so I invited him to have a beer. He told me he would do a trade as he wanted to open a chicken rotisserie. He said he would trade the cart and horse for tools for his new business. And I agreed! I saved all my tools for him. We got onto the carriage and I took him to my house. He liked my set up at home. I liked his horse cart so we sealed the deal quickly. Then on Monday we signed all the paperwork. That is the same horse drawn cart I have today. I clean and fix it myself, and it still works. I feel great in the horse cart. I enjoy riding it. I even like it more than being a taxi driver. I don't know why, but it is so much better to be in the open air, with the sun on your back. I love being in the sun so other things would not suit me. There are a lot of people who are afraid of the sun. I like it. They say that it causes cancer but to me that is nonsense. I don't believe that. I would have got it by now. I'm pretty healthy, thank God. There won't be a day when my wife or I are sick, I won't let that happen, no! We are healthy thanks to God. My day starts around 9:30 or 10 in the morning when I go in search of work. If I secure two jobs throughout the day, I will do both. At noon I stop to have lunch at a restaurant if we have finished our work. Life as a horse-cart driver is very hard these days. It is tough because work is scarce. Even if there is work to do, people want to pay whatever they want. It's that simple. When a ride costs $25.000 pesos (USD13) or $30.000 pesos (USD15), they have no shame in telling you that they will pay only $5.000 pesos (USD2) for the job. It was not like that back in the day. See you tomorrow, get some sleep. God bless you, son (horse). See you tomorrow. Bye. Bye kid (dog), get some sleep.

Video Details

Duration: 3 minutes and 7 seconds
Country: Colombia
Producer: Claudia Quigua
Views: 129
Posted by: globallives on Sep 11, 2013

Short video of Global Lives Project's Lives in Transit Series participant, Ivan Montaño in Cali, Colombia.

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