A loan of $1,000 helped to buy sand, cement and iron to build a small room, and to pay for materials transport.

Juan José's story

Juan, 46, is married and has seven children. From a very young age he has worked as an ironsmith, a trade he learned from his parents. He also works as a crop farmer growing corn, beans and sorghum for family consumption. Over the years he worked as a mason's assistant and learned the trade 25 years ago. This is the work he does to earn an income to support the family. His children help with the agriculture and thanks to their help they have been able to build a house little by little, although it is not yet finished. His wife makes artisan bread and raises chickens and pigs at home.

Juan is requesting a loan through Fundación Campo to buy sand, cement and iron to build a small room, and pay for transport of materials. He already has the blocks he needs. With the investment his family will live more comfortably, since there are several members of the family and they are quite cramped. He wants to put in flooring since the house now has a dirt floor. He also wants to give his children an education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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