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Paula Del Carmen
Paula is 49 and lives together with her common-law husband, who helps her with the household expenses, and their two daughters, who are 9 and 15. She has earned her living for many years by working at home providing domestic services. For her, what is most important is her family, and her wish is to be able to provide them with better living conditions.

Together with her partner they have been able to construct a modest house. She wishes to improve the floor in the passageway in her house, because at present it is dirt. This is why she is seeking a loan from FUSAI, to buy sand, cement and brick flooring in order to make the necessary improvements and give her daughters healthier and cleaner conditions.
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Paula de 49 años de edad, habita junto a su compañero de vida quien le ayuda con la economía del hogar y sus dos hijas de 9 y 15 años de edad. Paula se gana la vida trabajando en casa en la prestación de servicios domésticos desde hace muchos años. Para ella lo más importante es su familia y su deseo es poder brindar mejores condiciones de vida. Junto a su compañero de vida han logrado construir una humilde casa. Desea mejorar el piso del corredor de su vivienda ya que por el momento es de tierra. Es por esta razón que solicita este crédito a FUSAI para comprar arena, cemento y ladrillo de piso para hacer las mejoras necesarias y dar a sus hijas condiciones más saludables e higiénicas.

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More information about this loan

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
  • 686
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $28,234,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Paula Del Carmen to purchase sand, cement and bricks for flooring; her current floor is dirt.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 9, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 19, 2013