A loan of $1,550 helped to improve his home (construct walls, remodel, plaster, and install plumbing, among other items).

Roberto Antonio's story

Roberto is a young man of 20. He lives in the city of Chincha, which is characterized by its warm climate. It has beautiful beaches, and its people have a gift for preparing delicious dishes. When Roberto has free time, he very much likes to listen to music, and sometimes he likes to eat of of his favorite dishes, "carapulcra con sopa seca" (a spicy Peruvian stew made from meat, dried potatoes, and vegetables).

With great effort, Roberto managed to study for a career as a welding technician, and he works as a welder in a factory in his city. He works about 9 hours a day, and with the fruit of his work he can help his parents with the household expenses, since they are of humble means. He believes that it is going well for him at his job because he is responsible and honest in his work.

Roberto is very grateful to the Kiva lenders, since with the great help that they have offered him, he will be able to complete improvements in his home, such as constructing walls, remodeling, plastering, and installing plumbing, among other items. In this way he will have a better quality of life and will continue striving every day to make his great dream a reality: to have his own house and to be able to study for an additional career.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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