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Tomas is 59 years old, married and has eight children out of whom only two live with them. He started working at the age of ten cutting maguey (mezcal) and then spent seven years working as a day-laborer. At seventeen he started working on coffee plantations pruning the coffee trees, cleaning, fertilizing, picking coffee beans etc. At twenty-two he became a bricklayer and married his wife.

His family is very close and all of his children support him economically. He has a good reputation in the community and has values and principles. He is a recurring Fundación Campo client and currently he is the best bricklayer in his community.

He is applying for a loan from Fundación Campo to buy bricks, wooden frames, wooden beams, nails and to pay for labor so he can repair the roof of his home. This will make it a comfortable and decent home where his family can feel safe and secure. He wishes to start a cattle and pig butchery as well as a broiler and egg laying chicken farm. And of course, to continue improving his family ties.
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Don Tomas tiene 59 años de edad, es casado y tiene ocho hijos de los cuales solo dos viven con ellos. Inicio su vida laboral a los 10 años de edad, cortando maguey (mescal), paso trabajando siete años como jornal. A los 17 años de edad, empezó a trabajar en las fincas de café, realizando actividades de podas de café, limpieza, abonos, cortar el café, etc. A los 22 años emprendió el oficio de albañil y contrajo matrimonio con su esposa. Su familia es muy unida, todos sus hijos le apoyan económicamente, tienen buena reputación en la comunidad, con valores y principios, es un cliente recurrente en la Fundación Campo y actualmente es el mejor albañil de su comunidad.

El préstamo que esta solicitando a Fundación Campo, es para comprar teja, reglas de madera, cuartones de madera, clavos y pago de mano de obra. Para reparar el techo de su vivienda, y que sea una vivienda cómoda y digna en donde su familia se sienta bien y segura. Lo que desea es establecer un negocio de destazo de res y cerdos, establecer una granja de pollos de engorde y gallinas ponedoras; y por supuesto continuar mejorando sus relaciones familiares.

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About CrediCampo

This loan is administered by CrediCampo, a Kiva Field Partner in El Salvador. CrediCampo seeks to improve the lives of rural communities and their families in areas including health, education, basic services, and infrastructure. Through its Community Development Unit, CrediCampo provides scholarships, leadership development training, and financial education programs for families in rural areas. CrediCampo’s work is crucial in addressing the issue of poverty in El Salvador. Based on 2009 estimates, 37.8% of the population lives below the poverty line. To learn more about CrediCampo and their work, visit their partner page.

About Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 460
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $31,320,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
A loan of $1,500 helped Tomás to buy bricks, wooden frames, wooden beams, nails and to pay for labor.
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 18, 2012
Nov 3, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 3, 2012