A loan of $500 helped to pay two loans that she has taken.

María Ismelda's story

Maria is 41 years old. She studied until ninth grade. She is married and has 5 children who live with her and her husband. She tends to the housework. The family members who work to provide for the family are her husband (in masonry and security at night), and one of her sons (in agriculture).

She needs the loan repay two loans that she has taken. She took the first loan because interests rates increased and the second to reduce the installments, so that there would only be one. When she acquired the second loan, it was supposed to be used to improve the home, but at that time, one of her children had an accident and died. So the money was used to pay for funeral expenses. They then had to take out another loan from another institution to complete the house.

She hopes that in the future her children become professionals.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Huras

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