A loan of $450 helped construction materials.

Rubens Manuel's story

Rubens Manuel M. was born in Xai-Xai (230 km from Maputo). He is 50 years old, married with 4 children between the ages 8 and 18, all of them students. Rubens had to drop school when he was on 3rd grade in order to work and support himself. He owns a house, and his wife is learning how to read at the adult's school.

Rubens left Xai-Xai to Maputo searching for a better life, and soon got a job at the Mozambique Railway Company, from where he retired. He worked at the Boane train station. He gets a pension of 2.500,00MT. In the top of that, he makes 2.400,00MT per month as a security guard at the district judge's house.

He has never borrowed money before, and this is going to be his first loan in the amount of $450 in order to buy joists and zinc plaques to fix his house's ceilings. He hopes to pay the loan without problems so he can apply for more loans and make and aviary.

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Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer Mariana Lucca

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