A loan of $975 helped to pay for home improvements.

Juan Elias's story

Juan is a young man of 18. He lives with his parents and siblings in the city of Chincha. Despite being so young, he is very hard-working and enthusiastic, with a great desire for self-improvement.

Unfortunately, because of the need to work and help his parents to meet their expenses, he has still not been able to pursue post-secondary education. But he dreams of being able to do so. In his free time he likes to relax by listening to a little music, and sometimes he cooks a very delicious "carapulcra con sopa seca" (traditional Peruvian dish made with noodles and dried potatoes), to share with his family.

With a great deal of effort and enthusiasm, Juan works day to day in a textile company in his city. He works approximately 12 hours daily in shifts. Sometimes he may work at night, and at other times during the day. He feels happy doing his work, and his supervisors think highly of him for his good performance and his friendliness.

Juan is very grateful to the Kiva lenders, as thanks to the help provided, he will be able to undertake home improvements. He wishes to do roofing and fencing at his home. This way Juan hopes to be able to offer greater security and well-being to his family. He hopes to continue doing his very best and helping his family to get ahead in life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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