A loan of $600 helped to install electricity in her home.

Juana Leticia's story

Juana is 42, lives with her partner, and has three children. For 20 years she been doing washing and ironing for other people who ask for this service in some towns and rural settlements near her community.

When she doesn't have ironing and washing work, Juana sells empanadas, enchiladas, and fried or stewed yuca. All her life, Juana has had to pay rent for her house, but last year she built her own house because an uncle gave her a piece of land so that she could build the house.

Juana has been a client of Fundación Campo for several years already, and has showed herself to be a responsible and very determined person. She saves a little of the money she earns washing and ironing so that when she doesn't have this work, she goes to the city to buy what she needs to sell the foods mentioned above.

Juana is applying to Fundación Campo for a loan to install electricity in her home. This way, she will have a basic service in her house, and it will help her increase her sales. She says that with the investment, she will no longer smoke up her house by burning candles, and will save more, because she won't have the expense of gas, or the need to buy radio batteries.

She intends to stop washing and ironing someday, in order to buy a refrigerator and sell charamuscas and chocobananos (both are Salvadoran frozen treats), as well as soft drinks and candy.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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