A loan of $1,525 helped to construct stairs and finish the exterior of his home.

Juan Gabriel's story

Juan Gabriel and his wife, Idalia, are from the state of Durango and have been living in the city of Nuevo Laredo for more than 20 years. Juan Gabriel works for a transportation firm as a mechanic, and Idalia works cleaning houses. They have a daughter who is 11 years old and studies in primary school.

They are asking for a loan from Kiva in order to make improvements to their house, since there are not yet any stairs which would connect the upper level of his house, where Juan has built a room for his daughter. He also wants to do some finish work on the outside of his home, which he has started, but still needs to finish painting.

With the money he receives from his job, he can repay the loan, and his wife's income from her jobs will serve to cover the family's daily living expenses and schooling fees. He wants a better place for his family and now that his daughter is growing up, she needs her own space in the house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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