A loan of $1,050 helped to pay for manual labor to sort recycled material.

Aracely De Jesús's story

44-year-old Aracely is a single mother of 2 children. She comes from a very humble family and, throughout her productive life, she has dedicated herself to working as a recycler.

Initially, she gathered the materials from the local dump, but because of a decree issued by the mayor, this activity was prohibited. As a result, a group was formed of woman recyclers who were affected by this ordinance.

Along with them, Aracely began to follow after the garbage truck making the various routes throughout the city neighborhoods, according to the requirements given by the mayor’s office. In the beginning, they crushed the material by hand, but little by little, the business became more profitable, and she acquired a hydraulic press.

She hopes to invest the loan that she is requesting in paying for manual labor to separate out the different recycled materials, so that they can later be crushed, thereby avoiding an overflow in the storeroom where they keep the garbage. This will allow her to speed up the sorting process, so that she can later sell everything that she has collected and make available the money that has up to now been sitting in the storeroom as recycling material.

Aracely dreams of continuing with her work, so that in the future, she will be able to obtain a vehicle that she can use to transport the recycling on her own. In this way, she can increase her profitability through commercialization, opening the possibility of offering a better quality of life to her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caroline Hedel

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