A loan of $300 helped to build a 4 x 3 square meter room, improve sanitation by adding a second latrine, and fixing the roof of her home.

Ana Gladis's story

Ana Gladis is 46; lives with her husband, children, and her small grandson; and strives each day to be a good wife and mother. Ana Gladis stands out for many reasons: she is very hard working, starts each day with new tasks to do, and has a strong ambition to achieve a better life.

Ana Gladis has for seven years lived in a modest home that she owns. She has made improvements to the house and is pleased that she's been able to do so without depriving her family of their daily necessities. Ana Gladis sells firewood, cutting each bough into logs herself. She also runs a small shop where she sells basic items such as shampoo, soap, eggs, milk, bathroom tissue, and other goods.

Ana Gladis decided to apply for a loan from FUSAI [Fundación Salvadorña de Apoyo Integral, Salvadoran Foundation for Comprehensive Development] to add a 4 x 3 square meter room to her home, improve sanitation by adding a second latrine, and fix the house's roof. She is grateful for the lender's support and plans to repay the loan quickly. The loan funds will benefit Ana Gladis and improve her family's quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante

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