A loan of $825 helped to pay for insulation materials for the walls, double-glazed windows and other building materials to finish the entrance and to make the house warm and well-insulated.


Tuvshinbold's story

Mr. Tuvshinbold is 28 years old and lives with his wife, mother-in-law and dog (a German shepherd) in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. They live in a family house which Tuvshinbold built last year.

His wife Bayannuur, 26, works in a Cashmere factory as a planning officer. Mr. Tuvshinbold is professional welder but currently he runs a taxi business, carrying people around Ulaanbaatar city and bringing extra income to the family. He earns around $290 a month from his taxi business.

The house he built is not complete yet and the entrance, windows and insulation needs to be done. The Mongolian winter is one of the harshest in the world. The temperature in winter time, especially at night, drops to -40 degrees of Celsius. Therefore, the houses should be well-insulated from the cold. Currently most households in Ulaanbaatar city use coal fired stoves for heating which pollutes the air to dangerous level. The Mongolian government takes some measures to improve the air quality by helping to replace coal fired stoves to gas ones and improve the insulation of the houses. Well-insulated houses require less charcoal to burn, emitting less poisonous smoke into the air and helps to save on heating costs of households.

The loan he is asking for will be used to pay for insulation materials for the walls, double-glazed windows and other building materials to finish the house and to make the house warm and well-insulated from the cold.



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