A loan of $575 helped to build a wall around his house.


Carlos Manuel's story

Carlos, 34, lives in the city of Chincha, a city noted for its hot, welcoming climate. It also has beautiful beaches and is the birthplace of great Peruvian sports heroes. Its residents are quite skilled in preparing food since their cuisine is delicious. Above all, they possess a contagious joy. When he has spare time he very much enjoys watching television and above all to eat one of his favorite dishes which is the delicious “Carapulcra con Sopa Seca.”
Carlos lives with his wife with whom he has two wonderful little ones who are 8 and 6 and who he loves very much and are the motivating force for him to get ahead every day and for whom he gives his life. Because of his limited economic resources he was only able to complete 11th grade but would have liked to have studies civil engineering.

With much effort and drive to get ahead, Carlos works in his small recycling business and is able to cover household expenses that way. He works about 10 hours daily and can tend to up to 30 customers per day.

Carlos is very grateful to Kiva lenders because thanks to the support they’ve provided he will be able to build a wall because his house crumbled during the 2007 earthquake and he’ll be able to have more security for his family this way and continue working toward making his greatest dream a reality: to build his house out of substantial building materials.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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