A loan of $550 helped buy materials for brick manufacture.

Zenaida's story

Zenaida, 41, lives with her husband and their five children in their own home. For the past 12 years she has been working alongside her husband in the brick factory they own. They work tirelessly to produce large quantities of quality bricks. It is hard work because it requires much physical effort. Her partner gets up at dawn to heat the oven and in the morning Zenaida helps with the preparation of the clay to shape it. Later it is put in the brick moulds, which are left out to dry in the sun for a whole day. Once dry, the bricks are baked for 24 hours in the oven. She says it is very demanding work but also very profitable, and that is why she wants to have a larger brick factory.

This is her loan number fourteen with MFP. She is very happy to have financial backing as she has always proven to be very responsible with her payments. She also enjoys being part of the loan group because all members are responsible and very supportive. She thanks those individuals managing the loan she is requesting as it will be very useful in the development of her business. With the requested loan she will buy the necessary materials for brick manufacture, such as fine sand, sawdust and lime.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alba Sort

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