A loan of $500 helped to pay for materials to build a kitchen and a bathroom.


Leticia's story

Leticia is a young mother of two that lives with her family in Totolapan, Morelos. Leticia works as an assistant in the kitchen of a tourist center nearby. Her working hours are long, and she balances this work with cooking and other household chores. Leticia lives with her husband Jesus, a construction worker, and their two children.

Each time they have to use the restroom they have to walk a couple of blocks to the community facility. To avoid this inconvenience when showering, they simply use a bucket and cup at their house. The family has been living here for the last 5 years, working hard to save and continuously improve their house. When they first moved into their house the family bought kitchen appliances, but they have been using and storing them on their front porch because they have no space inside the house.

Since Leticia and Jesus do not have formal jobs and their income is low and variable, around $800 USD a month, neither of them has access to credit from banks or other organizations. Leticia has been saving for the last three months to finish building the kitchen and a bathroom for the family. She is now asking for a loan to complete the payment for required building materials. The family will receive supervision visits from certified technicians to monitor the quality and progress of the construction.

The kitchen will provide a healthy space for the family to cook and eat and the bathroom will give a healthier way of life and privacy to the family. Leticia and Jesus want to make sure they take the right steps to give better opportunities to their children, and support them as they work their way through school.



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