A loan of $1,000 helped pour a concrete floor in her home and build a kitchen.

Celina Del Carmen's story

Celina is 28 years old and the single mother of a 9-year-old daughter. She grew up with her grandparents, as her parents died in her country's civil war. Ever since she was very young, she has fought hard to earn her living. She went to school through the seventh grade, but after that she had to go and work in the city. She worked first in a diner, and she also washed and ironed clothing for other people in the community. Today, after a lot of hard work, she is enrolled in distance learning and she's up to the high school level. On the weekends, she goes to school, thanks in part to an uncle who is helping her with some of the school's expenses.

Through her hard work, she has managed to build a cinder block home. It has always been her dream to live on her own with her daughter. She also works in small-scale agriculture, and is learning to make vegetable gardens.

She is requesting this loan through Fundación Campo, which will be used to pay for sand, cement, and labor costs towards pouring a concrete floor in her home. In time, she will be able to pave it in bricks. She will also invest in the construction of a daub-and-wattle / wood frame kitchen, which will go alongside her home.

With this loan, her home will be more convenient. By having the kitchen, she will be able to avoid suffering from a variety of respiratory illnesses. She dreams of improving her home, a little at a time; she is still missing a containing wall and a perimeter fence. She also wants to finish her studies and continue to support her daughter.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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