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Maria Griselda
María is 28 years old and lives at home with her life partner and their 6 children aged 12 years, 10 years, 8 years, 6 years, 5 years, and 1-year-old. María has sold tortillas for quite some time, helping her bring sustenance to her home. She wants to construct a room with wood and sheet metal. She has applied for a loan from FUSAI to make this investment because she does not have the capital available to complete it on her own account. She does have the ability to complete the repayments that the loan requires.
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María tiene 28 años de edad y habita en casa propia junto a su compañero de vida y sus 6 hijos ( 12 años, 10 años, 8 años, 6 años, 5 años y 1 año de edad. María se dedica a la venta de tortillas desde hace mucho tiempo y es así como lleva el sustento a su hogar. Ella desea elaborar un cuarto a base de madera y lámina para lo cual solicita este crédito a FUSAI para hacer la inversión dado que no cuenta con el capital disponible para hacerlo por su cuenta pero si tiene la capacidad de pago que el crédito implica.

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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
  • 761
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $26,201,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Maria Griselda to construct a room with wood and metal sheeting.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 3, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2015