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Leticia
Leticia is a young mother of two that lives with her family in Totolapan, Morelos. Leticia works as an assistant in the kitchen of a tourist center nearby. Her working hours are long, and she balances this work with cooking and other household chores. Leticia lives with her husband Jesus, a construction worker, and their two children.

Each time they have to use the restroom they have to walk a couple of blocks to the community facility. To avoid this inconvenience when showering, they simply use a bucket and cup at their house. The family has been living here for the last 5 years, working hard to save and continuously improve their house. When they first moved into their house the family bought kitchen appliances, but they have been using and storing them on their front porch because they have no space inside the house.

Since Leticia and Jesus do not have formal jobs and their income is low and variable, around $800 USD a month, neither of them has access to credit from banks or other organizations. Leticia has been saving for the last three months to finish building the kitchen and a bathroom for the family. She is now asking for a loan to complete the payment for required building materials. The family will receive supervision visits from certified technicians to monitor the quality and progress of the construction.

The kitchen will provide a healthy space for the family to cook and eat and the bathroom will give a healthier way of life and privacy to the family. Leticia and Jesus want to make sure they take the right steps to give better opportunities to their children, and support them as they work their way through school.

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
  • 41
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $18,365,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.1
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Leticia to pay for materials to build a kitchen and a bathroom.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Nov 15, 2013
Listed
Dec 2, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jul 1, 2014