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Optaciano is 64 and lives in his own house with his wife and two children, aged 14 and 13. For him, the most important thing is his family, and it is for them that he works hard to meet their needs.
He has worked all his life growing maize and beans, and this is how he provides for his family.

He is asking for a loan through FUASI to invest in the building of a septic tank. With the loan he intends to buy cement, sand, gravel and bricks, as well as paying for the septic tank to be built. Optaciano says that he has the means to repay the loan..
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Optaciano de 64 años de edad habita en casa propia junto con su esposa y sus dos hijos de 14 y 13 años de edad. Para él lo más importante es su familia y es por ella que traba duramente para llevar el sustento diario. Toda su vida se ha dedicado al cultivo de maíz y frijoles y de esa forma mantiene a su familia. Solicita este crédito a FUSAI para invertir en la construcción de una fosa séptica. Con el crédito comprará cemento, arena, grava, ladrillo y pagará la construcción de la misma. Optaciano expresa tener la capacidad de pago que el crédito implica.

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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
  • $31,800,850
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Optaciano to buy cement, sand, gravel and bricks, and to pay for a septic tank .
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 8, 2013
Nov 22, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 20, 2015