A loan of $1,200 helped to build a room and also a wall at the front of her house.

Luisa Alejandra's story

Luisa, 49, only went to school through the sixth grade. Economic resources were scarce and she was one of the oldest daughters, so she had to help her parents work in the home as well as in the fields. She is married, but her husband lives elsewhere. Only her three children live with her, in addition to her mother. She works selling tamarind and carao fruits, since she has some of these trees at her house and when she doesn't get much from her harvest, she buys from her neighbors. She learned this work from her mother, because ever since she was little, her mother took her to the market. Previously, she and her husband worked together in agriculture. But because sowing went badly for them and they had losses, her husband decided to emigrate to the United States. She sells in the market in the mornings, and in the afternoons she returns to do the housework. This loan will help Luisa to build a room, since her house is very small and her children are older now. She will also build a wall in front of her house. The money she has is not enough, and with the loan she will have what she needs. In the future, she dreams of having a respectable home where she can live with her children and grandchildren, and provide them with an education so they can be trained. She also wants to reunite with her husband someday. She is sure that the loan will allow her to make her dreams a reality.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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