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Marlene Guadalupe
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Lupita (short for Guadalupe), as her customers and friends call her, lives in the city of La Libertad, El Salvador, along with her life partner and their two children.

For the past several years she has dedicated herself to the business of selling bedding (covers and cases for pillows), and her partner has been working as a brick layer.

Through their hard work and the loans they have received from Kiva's field partner Apoyo Integral, both partners have been able to acquire a greater variety of merchandise, meet the demands of their clients, and increase sales. This has helped them generate enough income to maintain their family. Now they would like to begin improving their home through the construction of a perimeter wall that will bring greater security to the whole family. For this reason Lupita is asking for a loan that will help her complete this construction project.

Translated from Spanish by Debra Faszer-McMahon, Kiva Volunteer.

Doña Lupita como le dicen sus clientes y amigos, vive en el Departamento de La Libertad, junto a su compañero de vida y dos hijos que han procreado.

Desde hace varios años se ha dedicado al negocio de venta de ropa para camas(Cobertores y forros para almohadas) y el compañero de vida se ha dedicado a realizar labores de albañilería

A través del trabajo de ambos y los créditos que durante 3 años le ha brindado Apoyo Integral a podido ir adquiriendo más variedad de mercadería para cumplir con la demanda de sus clientes e incrementar las ventas, que le han generado la manutención de sus hijos. Ahora quiere empezar a mejorar la vivienda, con la construcción de un muro perimetral , que le brinde seguridad a toda su familia. Por ello esta solicitando un préstamo que le permita realizar dicha construcción.

Additional Information

About Apoyo Integral

Apoyo Integral (Apoyo) is a nonprofit organization offering financial products that enable clients to increase their working capital, purchase fixed assets, buy and remodel homes, expand agricultural business and more. The organization’s target group is businessmen and women who have already established their businesses but need financial support to strengthen or expand them.

Like Kiva, Apoyo is committed to empowering women involved in business activities in rural areas. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand these services to an even greater number of poor clients in rural areas.

About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 705
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $29,660,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $800 helped Marlene Guadalupe construction of a perimeter wall.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 15, 2008
Jun 25, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2010