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Carlos Ovidio
Carlos, 36, lives in humble conditions with his wife and four children aged 17, 15, 13 and 8. The most important thing for Carlos is that his children have better opportunities in life than he and his wife have had. For this reason, he works very hard as a builder in different areas of his town. With this income, together with his wife’s, who works as a sweet bread seller, they keep the house going and little by little they provide for their children.

Their house is very small and is no longer comfortable for all the family, so they are asking for a loan from FUSAI to be able to build a bedroom for the eldest brother. With the loan, he will buy sheets of material, bricks, sand and cement. He stresses that he has the capability to pay off the loan.
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Carlos de 36 años de edad habita en condiciones muy humildes junto a su esposa y sus 4 hijos de 17 años, 15 años, 13 años y 8 años de edad. Para Carlos lo más importante es que sus hijos tengan mejores oportunidades de vida a las que él y su esposa han tenido y es por eso que trabaja muy duro como albañil en diferentes zonas de su localidad. Con sus ingresos y los de su esposa quien trabaja como vendedora de pan dulce mantienen la economía de su casa y poco a poco van sacando adelante a sus hijos. Su casa es muy pequeña y ya no es cómoda para toda la familia por lo que solicita este crédito a FUSAI para invertir en la construcción de un cuarto para su hijo mayor. Con el crédito comprará lámina, ladrillo, arena, y cemento. Expresa tener la capacidad para cancelar el crédito.

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More information about this loan

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
  • 545
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $31,800,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Carlos Ovidio to buy sheets of material, bricks, sand and cement to build a room.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 29, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 20, 2014