A loan of $500 helped buy construction materials.

Maria Catalina's story

María Catalina Gómez Z., 55, lives in the city of San Miguel. She lives with her husband, her mother and a son. She makes a living selling clothes. For 20 years, she has worked selling clothes for women, men and children, working hard every day, from 8:00am to 4:00pm, as a street vendor in the area around the municipal market of San Miguel. She works from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, she rests and goes to church with her family. Maria is a friendly person, responsible and hard-working. With much sacrifice, she has managed to build her own house, but she now needs a loan to buy two prefabricated doors and material for improving the roof over her kitchen. Someone could easily break into the house and rob it now, so the doors will reduce the risk of being robbed. Maria wants to continue working. She is sure that this loan will help her to improve her family's quality of life because this kind of support has improved the lives of others.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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