A loan of $1,200 helped to make repairs to the roof of her house and $545.00 to plant fruit trees on a plot of land beside the Pan American Highway.

María Sebastiana's story

María is 51 years old and lives with her son who is 13 and is a student in grade six. She also has a 26 year old son who lives in the United States. It is important to mention that she was married for 8 months and on separating from her husband she was pregnant. This child died at birth. The children she has are adopted.

María sells fruit and vegetables in the municipal market which is 3 kilometers from her house. She has done this since she was 19 years old. Moreover she is a leader in her community. She is the president of the Community Development Society which helped her get a job as the Co-coordinator of a program, called PATI. It was instigated by the major's office and is supervised by FISDL (a federal social initiative institution). She has occupied this position this since 2011. She teaches seniors and children about home vegetable gardens and making bread and pizzas. She receives $200 per month from the project, for working with the groups from 8 until 12 pm, Monday to Friday.

Maria will use $500 of this loan to repair the roof of her house, $545 in planting fruit trees on a plot of land beside the Pan American Highway, where she plans one day to open a restaurant and $155 to pay off an existing loan she has with Fundación Campo. With this loan she can enjoy health and comfort with no dampness inside her home and help her in the construction and realization of her dream of opening a restaurant outside the city in an area with an abundance of people.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonardo

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