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Carmen
Carmen, who is 54 years old, did not have the opportunity to go to school as her parents made her work from a young age. She is a single mother because her husband left her when she was pregnant. She has a daughter who is dependent on her and she also has a 15-year-old grandson who is at school.

Throughout her life Carmen has made a living growing beans in the foothills, having learnt the skills from her parents, since they took her to work with them from when she was nine years old. Now she is responsible for providing the household income as she and her daughter work to make sure that they and her grandson have all the basic needs in the daily struggle to survive.

Carmen needs the loan to set up a small shop in her home, which will be a great help to her. She has rheumatic problems and this causes her a lot of pain in her legs every time she goes up the hill to look after her crops. If she could have a shop she would not have to exert herself so much and she would not have this severe pain. She knows that she can manage to do this just with the help of the loan.

Carmen's dream is to set up the shop in her home so she does not have to work as much from dawn to dusk and can have a better life. She wants to improve her house and support her grandson in his studies so he can reach a good level of education, which she was not able to do, but her grandson must do.
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Carmen de 54 años de edad, no tuvo la oportunidad de estudiar ya que desde pequeña sus padres la pusieron a trabajar, ella es madre soltera porque su esposo la dejo cuando estaba embarazada, tiene una hija la cual depende de ella y también tiene un nieto de quince años de edad que esta estudiando.

Carmen toda su vida se dedico a cultivar frijol en las faldas de los cerros, este trabajo lo aprendio de sus padres porque desde que tenia 9 años la llevaban a trabajar, ahora es de ella de quien dependen los ingresos de su hogar porque junto a su hija trabajan para que a ellas y a su nieto no les falte lo básico para seguir el la lucha del diario vivir.

La señora Carmen necesita el crédito, para poner una pequeña tienda en su casa, lo cual le servirá de gran ayuda ya que tiene problemas reumáticos y le causa fuerte dolor en la piernas casa vez que sube hasta el cerro a ver sus cultivos y si pudiera tener su tienda ya no se esforzara tanto y no tendría esos fuertes dolores y sabe que lo puede lograr solamente con la ayuda del crédito.

El sueño de Carmen es llegar a tener la tienda en su casa para ya no trabajar tanto de sol a sol y poder llegar a tener una mejor vida y asi poder mejorar su casa y sacar a su nieto adelante con sus estudios y que pueda llegar a tener un buen nivel académico dado que ella no lo pudo lograr pero su nieto lo tiene que lograr.

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About CrediCampo

This loan is administered by CrediCampo, a Kiva Field Partner in El Salvador. CrediCampo seeks to improve the lives of rural communities and their families in areas including health, education, basic services, and infrastructure. Through its Community Development Unit, CrediCampo provides scholarships, leadership development training, and financial education programs for families in rural areas. CrediCampo’s work is crucial in addressing the issue of poverty in El Salvador. Based on 2009 estimates, 37.8% of the population lives below the poverty line. To learn more about CrediCampo and their work, visit their partner page.

About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 658
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $26,134,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Carmen to set up a small shop in her home.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 28, 2014
Listed
Mar 28, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Sep 17, 2014