A loan of $1,200 helped to finish building his house, which still needs windows to keep out the water in winter.


Oscar Antonio's story

Oscar, 38, lives with his partner and has two children. He has seen some difficult times. His father abandoned the family when Oscar was very young. His mother had to provide for the family by going to the capital to work as a seamstress and leaving Oscar and his siblings with his grandparents. Oscar learned to work the land with his grandparents and get on with his life.

When he started his family, he began building a house with money from his work in the fields and local canals. He only completed fifth grade, but the education helped him understand bricklaying, and he does this work when it is available. He buys materials and supplies in a town three kilometers from his house and transports them in his cart.

He has applied to Fundación Campo for a loan to finish building his house, which still needs windows to keep out the water in winter and keep his belongings safe, as lack of security is a growing problem in the country. Oscar dreams of finishing his house and continuing to work the land. He would like to buy a pair of cows to produce milk and milk products for his children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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