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Santos, 62, lives with her mother who has been dependent on her for the last two years. She works manufacturing articles of clothing like dresses, skirts, pants, blouses, etc. The business is located at home and thanks to the good service she has many customers.

Her wish is to be able to make improvements to her house because as can be seen in the photo, the roof over the front patio is deteriorated and needs to be repaired. She’s asking FUSAI for this loan to buy galvanized metal sheets, lumber and nails to replace the roof because it leaks when it rains. She hopes to get this support to make the necessary changes.
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Santos tiene 62 años de edad y habita junto a su madre quien depende de sus cuidados desde hace 2 años. Ella se dedica a la elaboración de prendas de vestir como: vestidos, faldas, pantalones, blusas, etc. En el negocio lo tiene en su casa de habitación y gracias a su buen servicio cuenta con muchos clientes. Su deseo es poder mejorar el corredor de su vivienda ya que como se puede apreciar en la fotografía está deteriorado y necesita un cambio. Solicita este crédito a FUSAI para invertir en la compra de lámina galvanizada, madera y clavos para cambiar el techo del corredor ya que cuando llueve se filtra el agua. Espera poder contar con este apoyo y así hacer los cambios necesarios.

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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
  • 719
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $26,095,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Santos to buy building supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 4, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 19, 2013