A loan of $500 helped to buy windows for her home and to turn on electric service.

Claudia Trinidad's story

Claudia is 28 years old. She lives with her husband and two children in her own home. Claudia is described as a person with an entrepreneurial spirit, because she takes advantage of market opportunities to start businesses. Five years ago, she managed to open a small shop in her home where she sells pupusas [traditional Salvadoran corn tortillas]. She says that this has allowed her to contribute to the household finances, which she and her husband support together.

Claudia says that her children are more important to her than anything, and she works hard day after day to provide for her family and improve their living conditions. Through much effort, she and her husband have built a house, but they have some jobs to finish that they could not afford initially. Claudia is requesting this loan from Kiva and the field partner to buy windows for her house. She says that she currently has the openings covered only with metal grilles, and that they are not very safe. Claudia also plans to connect her home to electric service, which she currently does not have.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson

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