A loan of $650 helped purchase of construction material.


Joao Fabiao's story

João Fabiao S. was born in Maputo. He is 28 years old, married and father to a four-year-old daughter who attends preschool. He is not responsible for anyone else and manages to save 1,000 meticais per month because he also works in computer repair. João lost his parents after his birth and went to live with his older brother, who took care of him. When he was in ninth grade, he attended boarding school, and he had to leave because his brother could no longer pay the fees. But as he was an active member of an organization (Doctors of the World) with a two-year contract and received 1,200 meticais, he was able to rent a room and study at night, finishing the 12th grade. But the contract ended, and he was contacted by the Salesian Sisters to work at the Maria Auxiliadora (Mary Help of Christians) School as a drawing teacher from 7 until 10 in the morning, and he took a computer repair course at SISCOM in Maputo three afternoons a week for six months. For more than three years, he has been a permanent employee of STAE (the Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat) in information technology and statistics, working from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm, receiving 3,450 meticais monthly and a subsidy of 5,850 meticais quarterly during the elections. This is João's second loan with Hluvuku and his first with Kiva. The first loan, for 10,000 meticais, was used buy the title to his land. This second loan of 20,000 meticais will be used to buy construction material and start building his own house so he can leave his rented house. He is confident that he will pay it off ahead of schedule and ask for another loan to pay school expenses since he is thinking of continuing with his studies.

Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer


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