Total loan: $2,050


Cochabamba, Cochabamba Department, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped to install safe drinking water in her home.

Maribel's story

Maribel is a 22 year-old woman who lives with her partner. She has a 1 year-old son and a 3 month-old baby girl. Maribel has a business selling potatoes. She is enterprising, a good mother, independent, active, responsible, and hardworking. Maribel is developing her business by selling from place to place in the town of Sacaba. This is a rural area where most of the construction is rudimentary, and where farming of fruits and vegetables is common, as well as livestock production. This area has a temperate climate, with a daytime temperature that varies between 9 and 24 degrees centigrade. Maribel has a dark complexion and long black hair that she wears in a ponytail. She has brown eyes, a short stature, and a slim build. Her native language is Quechua, which she speaks in her home, and she also speaks Spanish in everyday life and in her business. She shares her life with her partner, who works selling vegetables, and her two babies. They live in their own home, which is not completely built, and is made of bricks and cement with a tin roof. They have well water and electricity. To extract the water they have to turn on the electric pump and pull the liquid up from the depths. This water is not clean, and comes out earth-colored. In order to drink it, it must be boiled and left to stand until the dirt settles at the bottom of the container. "I need to install potable water in my home so that my children can live in better conditions," she comments. Her dream is to finish the construction of their house, and install potable water in their kitchen, bathroom, and laundry area so that her children can grow up in a safe house.