A loan of $1,500 helped to buy construction materials.


Gladys Mercedes's story

Gladys is 26 years old and lives in the area of Machajmarca, a canton in the province of Quillacolloin the city of Cochabamba. She is married to a man named Jose with whom she has two small children.

Gladys is a grower of corn; she has two harvests per year, and also keep cow for their milk and her husband works in construction as a mason. They have both worked since they were very young, since they got married when they were only 18 years old but worked to get ahead. They tell us they started out living with Jose's parents in their home, where they had problems getting along with Jose's sister. For that reason, they looked for a little bit of land and began building their own home. The loan is for buying construction materials for their house's construction.

Gladys and Jose work all day to do well and to be able to offer a better future to their children, as they themselves never finished high school.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount



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