A loan of $775 helped to improve his home (construction of walls).

Alfredo Jesus's story

Alfredo is 30 years old. He lives with his wife and together they have 2 children ages 9 and 8. He loves them all very much and they above all are the engine that motivates him to move forward every day and to be better every day despite problems that arise every day. Just seeing his family helps him to forget everything and move on. His house is located in the city of Camana, a city that is characterized by a warm and welcoming climate. Thus, agriculture is popular, especially the growing of rice, corn, and beans among other things. The city is also known for one of its most typical and delicious dishes, which is the "chupe de camarones" or finger-licking shrimp. When he has a bit of free time, Alfredo likes to spend it with his family. Because of the family's low income, Alfredo could only study up to the fifth grade, but he would have liked very much to have a college degree.

Alfredo works daily in his business as a carpenter, especially in the construction of prefabricated houses. He works about 10 hours a day and can serve up to two clients per day, since he is a bit of a workaholic. He thinks he does well in his business because he is very responsible and above all honest with customers, and for that reason they always recommend him.

Alfredo is very grateful to Kiva lenders since thanks to the help they have given he will be able to make improvements to his home such as building walls, because his home is currently made of plywood and woven mats. In this way he can continue improving his family's quality of life and working to fulfill his greatest dream: "To give a good education for their children and to have a larger carpentry shop."

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon

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