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Karen Carolina
Karen is 20 years old. She has lived with her family group for a long time in their own house. Karen is known for being a very active, hard-working and visionary young woman. She works selling a variety of clothing, such as skirts, blouses, pants, etc. Her desire is to build a wall to improve a room within her home. Currently, it is a common area, but for greater convenience it is better to construct a wall. She is requesting this loan from FUSAI to invest in buying bricks, cement, sand and iron bars to carry out the construction of the wall, so that she can have better living conditions.
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Karen de 20 años de edad reside en casa propia desde hace mucho tiempo junto con su grupo familiar. Karen se caracteriza por ser una joven muy activa, trabajadora y visionaria. Ella se dedica a la venta de variedad de ropa como: faldas, blusas, pantalones, etc. Su deseo es hacer una división para adecuar cuarto dentro de su casa ya que actualmente cuenta con una área común y para mayor comodidad es mejor construir una pared. Solicita este crédito a FUSAI para invertir en la compra de ladrillo, cemento, arena y hierro para hacer la construcción de la pared y poder tener mejores condiciones habitacionales.

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This loan will be administered by FUSAI (Salvadoran Foundation for Comprehensive Development), a Salvadoran NGO that owns Kiva partner Apoyo Integral. FUSAI will disburse this loan in order to reach a population that doesn't currently work with Apoyo Integral. This type of loan covers basic services (like housing and water), and supports small business and agricultural activities. Borrowers come from low-income families in rural and peri-urban communities, and are considered to be too poor or lack the proper guarantees to get credit through traditional banks or microfinance institutions. Before receiving their loans, they are vetted by local community organizations and enrolled in classes in financial literacy, and the importance of sanitation, potable water and clean energy. Additionally, FUSAI enables borrowers to guarantee one another and take out loans smaller than El Salvador's average. Important to note is El Salvador is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world, holding the 2nd place in the ranking of murders per capita. All these FUSAI borrowers live in areas considered by the police as highly violent and dangerous, mainly because of gangs influence. Main risks they face in these areas are thefts, extortions, kidnappings and murders.

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 Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 556
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $31,854,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Karen Carolina to buy bricks, cement, sand and iron bars to build a wall.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 16, 2013
Nov 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 19, 2013