A loan of $1,450 helped to refurbish the rooms of her house.

Candelaria Obe's story

Candelaria is originally from the department of Beni. She has three children, four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. She became a widow six years ago and has already turned sixty, but in spite of her age she is still healthy, strong, hardworking, and above all a very kind and responsible woman. Cande, as she is called, says she has been living in Chimore for approximately thirty years. She and her husband bought a little house which has a tourist attraction (La Laguna) and worked together to help her family, but sadly she lost her husband. Since then she has continued to work, looking after children and selling food. However, she now wants to have a more peaceful life; for this reason, she is requesting a loan to refurbish the rooms she has and rent them out to obtain fixed income, as she does not have a pension and her children live in the city of Cochabamba.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eloise Minogue

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