A loan of $1,200 helped buy sun-dried bricks, roof tiles and wood to build his own home seeing as he currently lives with his extended family.


Juan Carlos's story

Juan is 34 years old, has the fourth grade and has been in a relationship for 11 years. His partner is dedicated to household chores and she also works part time selling fruit and greens in the settlement where they live. They have 3 children who go to school and still live at home.

He has been a fare-taker on buses for the last 4 years, a job he got because agriculture wasn't enough to support his children and his partner, so he decided to change to this job for that reason. He also has a business as every morning he gets up very early to go out and sell sweet bread and French bread to the entire settlement; he does this from 5 in the morning until 7.30 a.m. At 8.30 a.m. he has to be on the bus route where he works and his working hours consist of 6 hours a day.

This loan will be used on his house; he will buy sun-dried bricks, roof tiles and wood to build his own home seeing as he currently lives with his family. The loan will improve his life as he will have somewhere of his own to live which will improve the relationship with his family as they will be in their own place.

He dreams of seeing his family succeed through work that they can do as a family and of seeing his children study so that one day they can be professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ines Teles



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