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Elica Paula
Elica is a single mom of two children. She works selling food, "antojitos," in the market. Raising two kids by herself has been rough, especially now that Zaira, her oldest, is a teenager. However, she is determined to work hard and give her children a better education and a better life. Elica currently lives in a house with a bedroom, living room, and a small kitchen where she prepares the food she sells. She knows Zaira is almost a grown up now and needs her own space, and she is also aware that not having a proper bathroom is becoming a big inconvenience, especially for the young girls.

Elica makes around $400 USD a month, and has no access to credit given she has no formal job and her income is low and variable. She has been saving for the last three months to build a new bedroom for her kids and a bathroom for the family. She is now asking for this loan to pay for materials needed. The family will receive supervision visits from certified technicians to monitor the quality and progress of the construction. The new room will give the kids their own space to play, sleep and study and the bathroom will provide a healthier life and more privacy for the family. Elica is aware that her kids are growing up and need their own space, and she wants to make sure they can have healthy and proper development during the rest of their youth.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

Ecoblock is a social housing production company that delivers affordable homes and home improvements to communities through a program called Echale a tu Casa. Echale sells technical assistance for self-organized and self-production housing in rural and urban communities. Ecoblock focuses on the poorest socioeconomic strata in Mexico (levels C, D & E). They place a particular emphasis on areas where families do not have access to any microfinance institutions.

About Echale

Ecoblock International (“Ecoblock”) is a social housing company dedicated to providing marginalized communities in Mexico with opportunities to significantly improve their housing conditions. Founded in 1997, it started a program called Échale a Tu Casa that develops affordable housing solutions for underserved communities through innovations in construction, technology and finance. Focusing its efforts on urban and rural areas where families have little or no access to microcredit, the program has supported 30,000 families to construct new homes, and has delivered home improvement assistance to an additional 150,000 families.

Ecoblock joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.

About Mexico

  • $11,249
    Average annual income
  • 8
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $17,541,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.1
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Elica Paula to buy materials to build a bedroom and a bathroom.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 15, 2013
Dec 2, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 27, 2014