Catalina is married to Jose, who is 40 years old. They have 3 children: Antonio who is 12, Rosa who is 10 and Juana who is 9 years old. He is a peasant who grows coffee, a job that is not well paid. Coffee prices are volatile and their income depends on a good harvest that must withstand problems from pest or frosts. Catalina works at house carrying firewood to cook their food and sometimes she dyes clothes to earn more money.
Their community in southern Mexico is made up of only 1,262 inhabitants. According to government statistics, most people here do not speak spanish well and have very low incomes.
They live in a one room house made of sheet and wood and that has an open bonfire. They often get sick and have respiratory problems because of the smoke in their house. In the winter, it is cold and so they usually catch the flu. Furthermore, there are some animals that come inside the house to eat their food or to hurt their children and themselves.
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. This family works with the community committees as they have seen; it gives more and better solutions.
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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.