Total loan: $725

Martin Bosco

Masaya, Masaya, Nicaragua / Construction

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A loan helped to buy materials to build a larger, improved enclosure with blocks, cement, ground rocks, tubing, and ceramic flooring.

Martin Bosco's story

Martin, 45, lives in the town of Niquinohomo, which was chosen for the alliance creation program to strengthen local sanitation measures in Nicaragua. He is married and has worked as a vendor in a small store for eight years. His immediate family is comprised of his wife and two children, one who is an adult. The entire family depends on the income from his small business.

He is currently applying for the water and sanitation project through a loan to install a larger, better enclosure. This involves installing a conventional toilet with the construction of a treatment system. He needs this because where he lives, he doesn't have access to the sewage system. For this reason, his family uses a latrine; they are one of the thousands of families who don't have access to better sanitation. This project is benefiting various municipalities in the country and will allow for a better quality of life and it will also contribute to the environment.

Without the opportunity for this loan, it would be impossible for Martin to gain access to a toilet, which is very expensive. With his low income, it would be impossible to install. These programs help families living in extremely poor conditions. Latrines cause sickness and they contaminate the environment. This has led to the idea of finding solutions directed at the poorest areas.