A loan of $425 helped to buy construction materials to build a wall at the back of her property.

Maria Concepcion's story

María is 45 years old. She is a very hardworking woman and she has always supported her family. To that end, she started selling toasted corn meal cereal, corn starch, cereal, and calabash tree seeds, and then she sold tortillas. However, for health reasons she no longer makes tortillas and she found work as a receptionist where she has benefits and set monthly pay. Her husband works at a small store in a hospital and their youngest son, who is 20, works and studies accounting, contributing to the household expenses.

The loans from AFODENIC have helped María a great deal. When she started out, her small home was made of wood; now, after eight loan cycles, it is made of concrete. With her last loan, she extended part of the wall on the far side of the front of her home. Now, with this new loan, she will extend it back, as behind her there is a small house made of corrugated metal that is encroaching on her property and whose runoff water is harmful to her because it collects in a pool where mosquitoes breed. This is why she will start work and buy gravel, sand, cement, iron, and wood planks.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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