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Meladis Del Carmen
Meladis, age 21, lives in her own house with her life partner and her little seven year old child. She has been working as a domestic employee for seven years. This way she contributes to the household finances.

She wishes to finish building a room that was left halfway done due to the lack of financial resources. That is the reason that she is requesting this loan from FUSAI. She will use the loan to buy iron, wood, cement, and galvanized metal sheets in order to finish the room and to be able to be more comfortable.
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Meladis de 21 años de edad habita en casa propia junto a su compañero de vida y su pequeño hijo de 7 años de edad. Ella trabaja como empleada doméstica desde hace 7 años de edad y de esta forma contribuye con la economía y de su hogar. Desea terminar de construir un cuarto ya que lo dejó a medias por falta de recursos económicos. Es por esta razón que solicita este crédito a FUSAI para invertir en la compra hierro, madera, cemento y lámina galvanizada para terminar el cuarto y poder contar con mayor comodidad.

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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
  • 547
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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 Meladis Del Carmen to buy iron, wood, cement, and galvanized metal sheets in order to finish building a room.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 22, 2013
Dec 2, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2014