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Mercedes is 54 years old and lives in her own house with her husband and son. Mercedes makes a living selling tortillas, and this is her main source of income. With her husband, Mercedes is able to support the household. A few months ago the couple started building their home but it is not finished, as they do not have enough money. Mercedes is applying for this loan from FUSAI in order to invest in cement, gravel, sand, bricks, and laminate sheets, in order to finish and live in her home.
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Mercedes de 54 años de edad habita en casa de su propiedad junto a su esposo y su hijo. Mercedes se dedica a la venta de tortillas, lo cual ha sido su principal fuente de ingresos. Junto a su esposo mantienen la economía del hogar y llevan el sustento diario. Hace algunos meses comenzaron la construcción de su vivienda la cual no han logrado terminar por falta de recursos. Solicita este crédito a FUSAI para invertir en la compra de cemento, grava, arena, ladrillos y lámina galvanizada para terminar su vivienda y hacer uso de ella.

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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
  • 554
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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 $500 helped Mercedes to buy cement, gravel, sand, bricks, and laminate sheets, in order to finish her home.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 8, 2013
Nov 22, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 20, 2015