A loan of $500 helped to buy and install purlins (which support rafters in a roof), and galvanized sheets and pins.

Rosario Del Carmen's story

Rosario del Carmen is 42 years old and lives with her husband and their three children (who are 11, 8 and 6 years old). She sells traditional snacks such as pastries, empanadas (beans with milk and sugar wrapped in banana), yucca, and French fries. She has done this work for some time and has gained a lot of sales experience which has enabled her to gain loyal customers. She sells everything from her home.

Rosario del Carmen is a care-free person, but she worries about the state of her home. She needs to make some changes to her home so that it is more comfortable and inhabitable. She has arranged to repair the roof because it leaks water in many places and during the rainy season it is unsafe. She does not have the capital to fix it and so she is seeking a loan from FUSAI that will enable her to buy new purlins for the basic structure of the roof (purlins are horizontal beams that provide support for the rafters in roof construction). She also needs galvanized sheets and pins to fasten them.

Rosario del Carmen has great references. She is very responsible and is thankful for the help. She assures us that she will be able to repay the loan with the help of her husband and from the money she makes in her small business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Connelly

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