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Maria Imelda
Maria, who is 55, lives in a house of her own with her son and her grandchild, who is 12 years old. She buys and sells recycled materials such as aluminium, copper, bronze, plastic, iron, etc, and has been engaged in this activity for 3 years. She sells the materials at her house. With her income, and with help from her son, they both manage to cover household expenses. María is asking for a loan in order to buy more recycled materials to sell, so as to keep on with her business and to improve her income, in an effort to grant her family greater financial stability.
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Maria de 55 años de edad vive en casa propia con su hijo y su nieto de 12 años de edad, ella se dedica a la compra y venta de chatarra como: aluminio, cobre, bronce, plástico, hierro, etc. desde hace 3 años, comercializa su venta en su lugar de residencia, con lo que obtiene de sus ganancias y con la ayuda de su hijo logran cubrir algunos gastos de su hogar, doña Maria está solicitando un crédito para la compra de mas chatarra y así poder seguir con su trabajo y obtener mejores ganancias para tener una mejor estabilidad económica con su familia.

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More information about this loan

This loan will help a low-income family purchase environmentally-friendly goods and equipment, including solar products (lights, water pumps, heaters), biodigesters, energy-efficient light bulbs and gas stoves. Lacking electricity, many people in rural El Salvador are forced to use firewood for cooking and kerosene for lighting, expensive solutions that endanger their health and well-being. By funding this loan, you are providing access to greener, healthier alternatives.

This Kiva loan will be either be a cash laon or an in-kind loan.  An in-kind loan is used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.

About Apoyo Integral

Apoyo Integral (Apoyo) is a nonprofit organization offering financial products that enable clients to increase their working capital, purchase fixed assets, buy and remodel homes, expand agricultural business and more. The organization’s target group is businessmen and women who have already established their businesses but need financial support to strengthen or expand them.

Like Kiva, Apoyo is committed to empowering women involved in business activities in rural areas. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand these services to an even greater number of poor clients in rural areas.

About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 532
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $31,772,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Maria Imelda to buy recycled materials.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 15, 2013
Oct 25, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 20, 2014