A loan of $1,000 helped for cement and paint.

Carmen Alicia's story

Carmen, 49, teaches children in a pre-school she opened. She lives in an urban zone called Guasmo which is notable for the large number of informal merchants that live there.

She started her business in 1997 when she noticed that there were a lot of children in her area that needed a certain amount of teaching before they started regular school. She started teaching by herself but later on one of her daughters started to help out. Gradually she incorporated two more people due to the number of children she had. Since then and to the present day she works from 8am until noon every day.

She will use the loan to buy cement, paint and concrete blocks to refurbish the site where she teaches the children. In the future she’d like to have a larger site for the children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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