A loan of $650 helped to buy bricks, cement, sand and to pay labor costs.

Andrea's story

A December tradition in Nicaragua, especially in Sauce, is the “Gritería de la Virgen María” [feast celebrated on December 7] that’s a joyful activity where people sing to the Virgin and exchange snacks and food. Andrea, 55, lives in this town that’s rich in traditions and customs. She’s a single mother of four children who she’s been raising alone with no help from their father. Despite her poverty, she’s tried to help them in every way possible with her small salary earned working for twenty years as a cook at a school. She feels very proud because thanks to the sweat of her brow she now owns her house that she’s been gradually improving with help from loans. She needs to enlarge it so that her children can have better living conditions because her family is large. Because of this she’s asking Kiva for help with a loan to buy bricks, cement, sand and to pay labor costs since her goal is to build a room.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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