A loan of $700 helped to buy building materials and supplies.

Miguel Ángel's story

Miguel, 37, has lived with his life companion for the last 11 years. She is the person who cares for their four children (two boys, 10 and 3, and two girls, 9 and 7 years old respectively) and also takes in laundry for her neighbors for which she’s paid $2.00 per dozen. His home is humble. It’s 35 square meters with metal sheeting walls and roof. Currently only three of his children attend school.

Since he was a teen-ager, Miguel has worked in agriculture growing corn in fields of up to 7,000 square meters. He continues doing this kind of work with the objective of continuing to provide his family with food.

Since February 2, 2007 he’s been working in a private residential area in the city as a security guard. He works a 24-hour shift and is off for 24 hours too. This job allows him to generate constant income for his family which made it possible for him to buy the lot where he lives. The distance between his house and his place of employment is about 20 kilometers that he covers by bicycle. He does this considering that he saves $1.50 per day which translates to a monthly saving of $22.50.

The loan he’s requesting from the Fundación is to buy metal and cement to build the roof supports that will be the base of his house. The ones he has now are wood and are greatly deteriorated. With this investment he will improve his house because by building the roof supports out of cement the house will be more resistant to adversity and have greater durability allowing him in the future to build brick or concrete block walls.

Miguel aims to build his house little by little. He states that he always lived in a humble abode with his parents but he wants his children to live in a safer, longer-lasting house. He thinks that in time and with the financial help he’ll get he will be able to build his dream. With respect to his family, he states that he will strive so that his children will study through high school with the objective that they will be able to get jobs above day laborers in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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