A loan of $500 helped to buy construction materials (cement, etc.).

Albertina Pedro's story

Albertina Pedro G. was born in Sofala Province in central Mozambique. She is 54 years old, a widow, and the mother of 8 children who range in age from 28 to 18 years old. Of these, she has two sets of twins: one pair that is 26 years old and one pair that is 24 years old. The youngest go to school. She only went to school through the 1st grade because her parents wouldn't let her continue. She lives in her own home with her children and even helps her sister and 4 nieces and nephews with family support.

She left Sofala for Maputo, Boane District with her now deceased husband when he was still a soldier. They made their home in Boane and later, her husband lost his life. She began agricultural work in order to support her children. She learned about this work with her parents when she was still in Sofala. She receives the pension of her deceased husband, which has a value of 4,000 MZN. 1,500 of the aid given for her children goes toward household expenses. She even manages to save some monthly in her bank account and in Xiqitue (a traditional rotating savings system).

She never has had loans through banks. She found out about Hluvuku through neighbors who are also clients of this institution. This is her 4th loan, which has a value of 15,000 MZN. With it, she plans to buy construction materials (beams, panes, cement, sand, and windows) in order to continue with the construction of her house. The previous loans had values of 8,500 MZN, 13,000 MZN, and 13,000 MZN. All were for the same purpose.

In the future, she would like to ask for more loans in order to continue with the construction of her home and to provide better living conditions for her family.

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Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer Erika Korowin

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