A loan of $1,050 helped to buy 60 meters of zinc aluminum laminated sheets, more than 12 planks “C”, more than 3 sheathes for the laminated sheets and some 200 bolts.


Santos Melva's story

Santos, 46, lives with her lifetime partner and their three children. Since she was 12 she farmed because her mother was left on her own and she had to work very hard to get ahead. Because of this her mother was the one who taught her about farming and how to grow corn, and beans. Santos rises at 4 am to leave her house ready and to go out to work. She has to walk about thirty minutes and she works around eight hours. Then she returns home to make lunch. That is her daily routine but she dreams of giving her children a dignified life. She will use the loan to buy 60 meters of zinc aluminum laminated sheets, more than 12 planks “C’, over 3 sheathes for the laminatd sheets and some 200 bolts. With these she will install the roof of the house that she is building since they are living in a house that belongs to someone else. The loan will allow her to have a roof. Her dream is to finish the roof at least because they also need doors and the floor. But the most important is the roof and she will work on completing the other parts. What Santos wants most is to have her own house that is safe for her children when she isn’t home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio



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