A loan of $500 helped to buy sand, cement, iron, and sheet steel to build his house.

José Rogelio's story

José, 50, finished first grade but did not have the money to continue his education and had to help his parents farm. He and his life partner have four children, ages 14, 12, 6, and 4. Three of the children attend a small local school. He has help from his wife, who sells snacks such as yuca, enchiladas, and pastries. She also sells fruit drinks outside their local school.

José's main work is growing corn and beans. He also works as a bricklayer for city projects authorized by the mayor's office. He has 10,500 square meters of corn and beans, with which he supports his children. Working as a bricklayer also meets this purpose. He gets up early and leaves his house at 5 a.m. He walks 40 minutes to his day job. Sometimes his children walk with him, but this is rare because they have to go to school. His brother, though, helps him with his work.

He has applied for a loan to buy sand, cement, iron, and sheet steel to build his house. After much sacrifice, he was recently able to buy the land on which he will build the house. For now, he and his family live with his brother. He wants to keep working hard so that he can make improvements to the house such as laying brick floors. He dreams of seeing his children educated and becoming professionals who work for the good of the community.

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