A loan of $575 helped to have medical treatment on his knee and to buy furniture for his children.

Jaime Adalberto's story

Jaime Alberto, 47, lives with his family in Ica. Ica has had an increase in investments, not only in agricultural exports but also in the opening of new commercial centers that offer work to people who have been unemployed since the 2007 8.0 earthquake.
Jaime works full time to put earnings together along with those of his wife, a domestic, so that they can have the money needed to care for and feed their two children. One of the children is 3 and he is already in pre-school, while the older is 8 and in the first grade. They both attend school every day.

Jaime has been a master construction worker for the past 8 years and works an average of 8 hours a day. Thanks to his father and the motivation that he has, he can perform this work since his father started teaching him all he needed to know from the time he was very young. Jaime can only take care of one customer a day because of the amount of work that he is asked to do, and this lets him earn about 60 sols per day. Sometimes when he is very lucky and has many jobs, he can earn up to 100 sols. This allows him to pay some of the expenses that he has.

His small business is successful because of the great number of people who need construction jobs done, since these are very complicated to do. Now he wants the loans from Kiva to help him have medical treatment on his knee because he had an accident and it’s hard for him to work. He also wants to buy some furniture for his children and he would like to be able to pay off the financing in 12 months.
He thinks that this loan will help him improve his agility in his work, because now it takes him longer than normal since he is constantly moving his injured knee. The furniture that he will buy will be more comfortable for his children and since he expects to be totally recuperated in a few months, he wants to begin improving his house. The loan will help him fulfill his dream of finishing building and helping his children become professionals in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio

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