A loan of $1,200 helped to buy bricks, cement, and rebar.

Milagro De La Paz's story

Milagro, 46, is a single mother of two children, ages 10 and 12. She makes a living in the informal sector selling naturals drinks, yucca, bread, and other things. She has done this work for seven years.

She started when her husband abandoned her to start a new family and she was left alone with her two small children, so she saw the need to be innovative and look for something as a source of income. That was when she started making sales to feed her family. Before that she only did the household chores and took care of her children. Then everything changed and she started being both father and mother to her family.

She buys her supplies in the closest city or in her own town. She buys only in small quantities and this way manages to get ahead and see her family grow.

The loan she's requesting from Fundación Campo is to improve her house, where she has lived for many years and which she hasn't been able to improve because she lacks the resources. She's going to buy bricks, cement, and rebar.

This way she'll be able to improve her house and live in a more decent, healthful, and above all secure way, because for work she needs to go out and leave her house. Her life will improve in that she'll be able to work without thinking about it. She'll also be able to make the changes that are difficult with her own resources and have the personal satisfaction of being able to contribute as a single mother to creating better conditions.

For the future she only thinks about giving her children the living conditions she herself wasn't able to choose. She also wants her children to study and be good people in society in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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