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Maria Cristina
Maria Cristina lives in Totolapan with her husband and daughter. Jose Luis, works as a driver and Maria Cristina sells shoes by catalog. They have been working hard and saving almost everything to do a very thorough renovation to their home. Unfortunately they did not make the right calculations and ended buying less material than what they needed. Their expenses were already high, so they just used some tin sheets as a roof for the bedrooms and a part of the porch. Maria Cristina has been saving to buy the materials and complete their house. This house has been a dream of theirs for quite some time so they are really excited. Both Maria Cristina and Jose Luis have informal jobs so access to credit is really limited. They are asking for a loan to buy the materials needed to complete the roof. Maria Cristina and Jose Luis will work to build the house and will receive supervision visits from certified technicians to make sure they meet the safety and quality standards. They have put a lot of work in their home and wish to complete their dream.

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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 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 Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 57
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $20,000,125
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 13.3
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Maria Cristina to buy materials to finish the roof of her porch and two bedrooms.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 24, 2014
Mar 3, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2014