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Luis Alonso
Luis is 34 years old and lives with his wife and two daughters (ages 5 and 3) in their own home. Luis loves his family very much, and he works extremely hard to provide for them in any way he can. For many years, Luis has worked as a mason to support his family.

With the support from this loan, Luis plans to purchase the necessary construction materials for building a bathroom onto his family's home. He plans to purchase wood, nails, PVC piping and galvanized metal laminate sheets and to get started on this construction project as soon as possible.
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Luis de 34 años de edad habita en casa propia junto a su grupo familiar conformado por su esposa y sus dos hijas de 5 años, y 3 años de edad. Por su familia Luis hace todo lo que esté a su alcance para darles lo necesario. Luis trabaja como albañil desde hace mucho tiempo, dicho oficio es el que le permite llevar el sustento a su hogar. Su deseo es construir un baño por lo que solicita este crédito a FUSAI para comprar lámina galvanizada, madera, clavos y tuberías de PVC y otros materiales. Espera poder tener acceso a este crédito lo antes posible y así comenzar la construcción.

Additional Information

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
  • 560
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $31,742,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Luis Alonso to purchase wood, nails, PVC piping and galvanized metal laminate sheets for building a bathroom onto his family's home.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 15, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 26, 2015