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Maria Ana De Jesus
María is a 44 year old woman. She has lived in her own home for the past 15 years together with her nuclear family, which consists of her life companion, 3 daughters and one son. She makes and sells cheese, Her partner is a farmer who also contributes to the household economy. Maria is well-known in her community for being hard-working, responsible and for the good product she offers. Her modest house is her main asset and she has decided to request a loan from FUSAI so she can buy galvanized sheeting, nails and wood. She wants to replace the roof of her house as lately water is filtering through it and she can't protect her family. She hopes to be able to count on this help so she can provide more security for her family.
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María es una mujer de 44 años de edad, habita en casa propia desde hace 15 años junto a su grupo familiar el cual está conformado por su compañero de vida, 3 hijas y un hijo. Ella se dedica a la elaboración y venta de queso. Su compañero de vida es agricultor y le colabora con la economía del hogar. María es muy reconocida en su comunidad por ser muy trabajadora, responsable y por el buen producto que ofrece. Su humilde vivienda es el principal patrimonio con el que cuenta por lo que ha tomado la decisión de solicitar este crédito a FUSAI para invertir en la compra de lámina galvanizada, clavos y madera con el fin de cambiar el techo de su casita ya que últimamente el agua se le filtra y no puede proteger a su familia, espera contar con esta ayuda para darle mayor seguridad a su grupo familiar.

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This loan will be administered by FUSAI (Salvadoran Foundation for Comprehensive Development), a Salvadoran NGO that owns Kiva partner Apoyo Integral. FUSAI will disburse this loan in order to reach a population that doesn't currently work with Apoyo Integral. This type of loan covers basic services (like housing and water), and supports small business and agricultural activities. Borrowers come from low-income families in rural and peri-urban communities, and are considered to be too poor or lack the proper guarantees to get credit through traditional banks or microfinance institutions. Before receiving their loans, they are vetted by local community organizations and enrolled in classes in financial literacy, and the importance of sanitation, potable water and clean energy. Additionally, FUSAI enables borrowers to guarantee one another and take out loans smaller than El Salvador's average. Important to note is El Salvador is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world, holding the 2nd place in the ranking of murders per capita. All these FUSAI borrowers live in areas considered by the police as highly violent and dangerous, mainly because of gangs influence. Main risks they face in these areas are thefts, extortions, kidnappings and murders.

About Apoyo Integral

Apoyo Integral (Apoyo) is a nonprofit organization offering financial products that enable clients to increase their working capital, purchase fixed assets, buy and remodel homes, expand agricultural business and more. The organization’s target group is businessmen and women who have already established their businesses but need financial support to strengthen or expand them.

Like Kiva, Apoyo is committed to empowering women involved in business activities in rural areas. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand these services to an even greater number of poor clients in rural areas.

About Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.


About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 610
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $28,040,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Maria Ana De Jesus to buy galvanized sheeting, nails and wood.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 8, 2013
Oct 11, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 17, 2013