A loan of $700 helped buy cement, sand, and blocks to build another room on to her house.


Idalia Del Carmen's story

34-year old Idalia has only a grade 7 education as she comes from a poor family who could not afford to pay for her to stay in school. She had to work as a maid from the age of 12 to help her parents with household expenses.

Now she is married; her husband has been a farmer ever since he was a young man. They have three children, all of whom attend school as Idalia wants them to have the education that was denied her because of her family’s poverty. She still works as a maid and has now been with the same family for eight years. It is thanks to this work that she has been able to fulfill all her obligations. To get to her place of work, Idalia has to walk some two kilometres every day from her house. She has to get up very early to do all the household chores before leaving for work in the centre of town. Her children attend school in the mornings while she is at work, and in the afternoon her aunt takes care of them.

With the loan money Idalia plans to buy cement, sand, and blocks to build another room on to her house and provide more space for her family. It will also make her feel safer as it will be built of stronger material than is currently the case. Buying the materials at one time will result in a lower cost too, as will transporting them in one single journey.

In the future Idalia wants to complete building her house so she will feel even safer. She also wants to provide her children with an education so they can get good jobs, and to see her grandchildren grow up in a close-knit family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A



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