A loan of $500 helped to buy stone, cement and sand for home improvements.

Leoncio De Maria's story

Leoncio M., 47, has been a very hard-working man since his youth. He has worked selling bracelets, hair gel, door locks, chain bracelets, sweets, among others. He and his wife had 4 children who are still in school preparing for a better future since the parents were unable to finish school for lack of economic resources. Their home is very humble and little by little he has been making improvements to it. With a previous loan he bought zinc metal sheeting and edging to replace the roof, which was in bad contidition. This financing will be used to buy building materials like rock, sand, and cement to put up some room divisions so that he and his wife can have some privacy from their children. His and his wife's life has not been easy. She emigrated to Panama to work as a caretaker because she hadn't been able to find work in her own country. His life hasn't been any easier either since he has to care for the children and work to support them; even though his wife sends some money home it's a big responsibility for him. What he most wishes for is to be reunited with his wife whom he hopes will return to stay. He is grateful to Afodenic because it has been the source of help to improve his small dwelling and have a better place to live.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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