Lucia and her husband Antonio (32 years old) are hoping to build their house. They have 5 children: Juan is 13 years old, Mario has 10, Lucía has 9, Juana has 6 and Catalina has 4 years old.
The family has a house made of wood where the 7 family members live. Their house is small and the space is not enough for all of them. They wish to get the loan to build a home and give their children a better, safer and healthier place as the little kids play a lot on the floor and this make them get sick very often.
Their main income is from growing coffee, but coffee prices have been dropping and currently they sell a kilo of coffee for less than USD2, so they do not have much money. Antonio loves to work as mason but its not a well paid profession, so he has to go out from the community all week to find alternative work. He only comes back on Sundays to be with his family. He often goes cut firewood with his children.
Lucia and Antonio have seen how other members of their community have benefited from working with Habitat. They want to trust Habitat and get a loan for their house so their children can live in better conditions.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit international organization founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Habitat for Humanity Mexico works in communities with groups who build through mutual help and a self-construction system where the families need to participate in workshops and trainings about building, healthy housing and financial education, this aiming to develop and strength their capacities. In México, works since 1989 and today more than 7,000 families have been served just on the last 3 years.
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About Habitat for Humanity Mexico
Habitat para la Humanidad Mexico (HPHM), also known as Habitat for Humanity Mexico, is a non-profit organization that provides low-income families living in overcrowded or inadequate housing with the financial support and technical assistance necessary to construct safe and affordable homes.
Founded in 1990, HPHM -- a subsidiary of the Christian U.S.-based non-profit Habitat for Humanity -- has funded over 41,000 construction loans, empowering communities across 18 states.
By working with Kiva, HPHM is able to grow the size of its housing loans, supporting families and individuals that it would otherwise have to decline.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.