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Total loan: $2,000

Carmen

Cochabamba, Cochabamba Department, Bolivia / Personal Use

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A loan helped with the installation of potable water in her kitchen, bathroom, and laundry, in order to stop using contaminated water.


Carmen's story

Carmen is a 37-year-old woman, she lives with her partner and has 1 son, age 14, and one daughter, age 16. She works in agriculture. She is a good mother, strong, spirited, steady, determined, responsible and very hardworking. She works in the ‘Jatun Pampa’ rural area. To get home she must cross the mighty waters of the river, by riding in an “oroya” (a tram consisting of a metal basket fastened to cables by straps). The area has a temperate climate year-round, with a temperature that varies during the day between 15-28 degrees Celsius (59-83 Fahrenheit). Carmen has a dark complexion, brown eyes, and long black hair which she wears braided. She is of short stature, thin physique, and her dress is traditional (hat, shawl, and skirt). Her mother tongue is the Quechua that is spoken in the place, and she speaks Spanish due to the general culture and the work that she does. She shares her life with her partner, who works in agriculture. They live in their own home built of adobe, brick and cement with a tin roof and dirt floor, which has electricity and well water drawn by an electric pump, but no plumbing or sewer connection. She works in agriculture, planting and harvesting the land, an occupation she shares with her partner and their children. Recently the national government decided to help these communities by giving them the right to use potable water; “in this place we never had potable water, we use water from the well and river, both are dirty and polluted ...” she says. The advantage is that her community already has potable water, the disadvantage is the lack of capital for the installation of potable water within the home. Her dream is to have potable water, she wants to install potable water for her kitchen, bathroom, and laundry, in order to stop using contaminated water. This is the first loan cycle with the institution in the 6 years since she has been building her house. It is for these reasons that Carmen is requesting a loan for the installation of potable water in her kitchen, bathroom, and laundry, in order to stop using contaminated water.