In the picture you can see leftover corncobs on the floor which he uses in the oven as part of the process (this prevents excessive firewood consumption, helping the environment as it prevents pollution and forest degradation). You can also see the handles of the wooden laundry brushes (which can be used to clean dirt from work pants, avoiding high consumption of detergents and therefore making washing clothes more efficient).
He is asking for a loan to help him to purchase these materials to support his business.
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This loan will help a low-income family purchase environmentally-friendly goods and equipment, including solar products (lights, water pumps, heaters), biodigesters, energy-efficient light bulbs and gas stoves. Lacking electricity, many people in rural El Salvador are forced to use firewood for cooking and kerosene for lighting, expensive solutions that endanger their health and well-being. By funding this loan, you are providing access to greener, healthier alternatives.
This Kiva loan will be either be a cash laon or an in-kind loan. An in-kind loan is used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.
About Apoyo IntegralApoyo 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.
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This loan has been fully funded!