Mbene is a 42-year-old married man with three children living in Kasese, Uganda. For four years he has been working as a civil servant and also practices farming to earn extra income. A low salary and poor working conditions affect his plans of living a modest life while his desire is to build a permanent residence and educate his children up to the university. Mbene intends to use the loan to buy timber and iron sheets to roof his house.
About Housing Loans
Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.