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A loan of $1,500 helped to build his house.

Antonio's story

Antonio, age 40, is married to Luisa, and they have two children who are dependent upon their income. Antonio comes from a family with very few financial resources. They have so few resources that they still live in two rented rooms, where they are very uncomfortable. Consequently, Antonio had to emigrate to Spain and work hard in order to get his family ahead. With a lot of work he managed to reunite, to buy a plot of land, and to buy a minibus, which is now his work tool.

Antonio and his family live in the Sacaba province. His main business activity is passenger transportation, and he belongs to a union. He is currently the only one who supports his entire family. His wife does not work because she devotes herself completely to their children.

The loan is to build his house on the lot that he bought. This will help him a great deal because he will stop paying rent, and they will live more comfortably. This is the second time that Antonio has requested a Kiva loan. He says that he is very happy because with this money he has managed to finish paying for his land. Among his goals is having his children study for a professional career. This way they will be able to have a better standard of living.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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