A loan of $500 helped to buy building materials.


Celia Iveth's story

Celia is 21 years old and lives with her life’s partner at the lower end of the lake. Her husband is a fisherman and also farms corn with his father. Celia sells the fresh fish that her husband fishes and she also cares for her four year old son. She only has a fourth grade education and then went to live with her aunt when she was 14. She studied at the cosmetology school and married at age 17. Celia has a fresh fish business on the edge of the lake, in partnership with her mother in law, and they sell to the tourists and visitors. She already manages a Kiva loan and uses it for a food business in her home, but she is not working it at the moment because of her pregnancy. She has been in business since she went to live where her aunt was and learned from her and this has been very helpful for her. This helps her cover her household expenses because the income from fish sales is not enough. She is asking for a loan through Fundación Campo to buy building materials to build a separate house, across from her mother in law’s. She is trying to keep from bothering her when the baby is born. It will be a humble home for the time being, because one can’t be too comfortable at the lower part of the lake due to the level rising and the homes flooding during the winter. She wants to manage her loans responsibly. Her mother in law is helping her repay the first one and her husband will help her with this one. She also wants to be set up for when her children are grown, so she can build a better house in a safe area so that they don’t have to make any emergency exits because of floods. She wants the children to attend school and give them the best always.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes



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