A loan of $375 helped purchase construction material.

Evandre Celio Joaquim's story

Evandre was born in Namaacha, a town on the border with Swaziland, one of the most developed districts in Maputo Province. He is 25 years old and single. Currently, he lives with his three younger siblings and their mother.

After two years of study in Manhiça, he graduated with a teaching degree, with authorization to teach primary school classes in that district. Years later, he transferred to Namaacha, a town on the border of Swaziland, where he works at the Maria Auxiliadora School. Evandre grew up in a Catholic family, attending mass every weekend. Due to his passion for music, he has also been invited to work in the Department of Cultural in Namaacha's District Administration. He currently works from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm planning and organizating the district's cultural calendar, focused on the area of music.

In financial terms, nothing has changed, Evandre continues to be employed by the government and earns a base salary of 4700 meticais per month. He hasn't been able to save for buying a home at all due to the expenses he has to take on. Currently, his mother and sister, with a daughter, live with him.

While Evandre is happy with the progress of his professional life, he feels that the salary is not adequate to realize his dream (building his own home). He is aware that if he loses his job, his family will not have a place to live. So, he has decided to ask for his first loan from Hluvuku, after hearing about it from his sister who is also a Hluvuku client.

These 10,000 meticais will be used to buy construction material and provide continuity to the construction. He already has the land, sand and stones, in addition to drawings approved by the architect. In the future, Evandre would like to be able to build a studio next to his home to be able to play with friends, and who knows, even record his own songs.

This is Evandre's second loan from Hluvuku and Kiva. The first 10,000 meticais were used to buy construction material. These additional 10,000 meticais will be used for the same purpose. He plans to repay without any problem and is very happy since at the end of this year, he will go to live in his own home.

Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer N Aviva

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