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Yohana Azucena
Yohana is 19 and lives in her family home with her mother, her grandfather, and her 13-year-old brother. Yohana sells pupusas (a food made from corn dough, beans, and cheese) and basic necessities in a small shop which she has managed to establish in her home. Yohana wants to improve her living conditions and those of her family so she requests this loan from FUSAI to spend on improving the roof of her house, which is damaged. With the requested money she will buy galvanized sheet metal, wood, and roof beams.
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Yohana tiene 19 años de edad y habita en casa familiar junto a su madre, abuelo y hermano de 13 años de edad. Yohana se dedica a la venta de pupusas (preparación alimenticia a base de masa de maíz, frijoles y queso)y productos de primera necesidad en una pequeña tienda que ha logrado establecer en su hogar de residencia. Yohana desea mejorar sus condiciones habitacionales y las de su familia por lo que solicita este crédito a FUSAI para invertir en la mejora del techo de la vivienda ya que se encuentra deteriorado. Con el monto solicitado comprará lámina galvanizada, madera y polines.

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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
  • 719
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $26,296,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Yohana Azucena to buy galvanized sheet metal, wood, and roof supports to repair the roof of her house.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 5, 2014
Mar 1, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 26, 2015