A loan of $850 helped to buy construction materials.

Margarida's story

Margarida M. was born in Chibuto in the province of Gaza, in southern Mozambique. She is 49 years old, married, and mother of 4 children aged 28, 27, 22, and 21 respectively. All of them are students. The first two are employed and live in their own homes. Besides her children, Margarida supports her mother by sending her food supplies when she can. She currently lives in her own house.

Margarida grew up with her parents, and moved from the province of Gaza to Maputo in order to continue her studies for a career in general medicine. However, when she arrived in the city of Maputo she was forced to join the mandatory military service, and went to the military preparation center in Tanzania. She, therefore, wasn't able to continue her studies after 10th grade.

Margarida is the secretary to the Director of the Military school of the War marines. She has been a permanent employee since 1978. She works from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Her monthly salary is 3,624.00 mt, and she is able to save 1,000.00 mt each month.

This is Margarida's first loan with Hluvuku and Kiva. She intends to purchase construction material to improve her home with this money. She found out about Hluvuku through conversations with co-workers that were already clients. Her future plans are to improve her kitchen furniture.

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Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer Jill Haring

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