A loan of $1,250 helped to install a sanitation system.

Jorge Alberto's story

Jorge is from the town of Niquinohomo, which was selected for the program for strengthening local capacity to help with the recovery of Nicaragua. He is married, 40 years old, and is a merchant who buys and sells vegetables, fruits, and firewood in the Masaya town market. He makes his purchases in the farms surrounding his home in the town of Niquinohomo. Jorge is a hardworking man who puts forth all of his efforts to get his family ahead. His family includes his wife and young son.

He is asking for a loan for the water and sanitation project, to install an ecological sanitation system, consisting of a toilet and a treatment system (septic tank), which he needs because there is no access to sewage where he lives. His family currently uses a latrine, being one of the thousands who don’t have access to better sanitation. This project is benefitting several towns in the country and will allow him to improve his quality of life and also the environment.

Without this loan, it will be impossible to have access to a toilet because it’s very costly. This program will help poorer families because latrines cause disease and pollute the environment, so this project is directed toward the poorer sectors.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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