A loan of $400 helped to buy cement and sand, and to pay labor costs.

Roberto Carlos's story

31-year-old Roberto is married and has one child. His wife takes care of the household chores such as washing, ironing, cooking, looking after the children, etc. while he works as a taxi driver in town. Roberto's job is to go from street to street looking for passengers. He then transports them to wherever they want to go. He has been working in this job for just under a year and he owns the car in which he works.

Roberto and his wife have been living in their home for seven years. They received their house from the government and when they got it, it was very small and basic. Roberto has been improving the house as, in this way, he knows that if some day he were to be parted from his family, they would have a safe home in which to live. He would now like to build a room on the lower floor of his house in order to extend his living room / dining room and thereby have more space. In order to do this, he would like to buy materials such as cement, sand and metal rods, and pay a builder.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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