A loan of $800 helped construct metal doors for his house.

Crúz's story

Cruz is 51 years old, married and has two children. For 3 years he has been working purchasing and selling scrap in his community and the surrounding areas, driving himself around in an old pick up truck that he has. This activity generates enough money to support his wife at home, since his daughters are already grown and have made homes of their own.

Before, he was working breaking apart rocks that are being used as construction material found in a mine that formed because of the lava from the volcano that erupted a few years ago.

He purchases recyclable metal material in his community and the surrounding areas in his 89 pick up truck. He leaves from his house very early every day and collects a considerable amount of material and then he takes it to the city Acaparadores.

The loan requested will be invested in the construction of metal doors for his house. Currently, the doors are made of wood and when he leaves with his wife the house is vulnerable to being broken into and robbed of the few goods they have. To date, he has built a roof and he also has a plastic carpet and today in the rainy season everything is wet and he fears that the wooden doors will deteriorate.

His life will improve with the repairs made to the house with more secure windows and doors and his pick up won't be exposed to the elements during the rainy season.

In the future, he plans to add onto his home and to install electricity since he currently lights his home with a gas light.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Connor

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