A loan of $275 helped to purchase construction materials to make improvements to her housing.

Maria Elena's story

Maria Elena D. Álvarez is 36 years old and lives in the Madrigales Nortes of the municipality of Ticuantepe with her partner José Luís González. He is a contractor and has an income of C$ 3,800.00 córdobas. They care for their 2 children who are in primary school. She is a salesperson and distributes products for the ZERMAT beauty company. She has been working with this business for two years and her dream is to have better living conditions which is why she wants to buy 12 sheets of zinc, 7 wooden doors, 11 wooden boards, 10 pounds of 3" nails, 5 pounds of zinc and a gallon of paint. Because they do not have enough resources they decided to take a loan of C$ 5,000.00 córdobas, paying the amount borrowed in 9 months.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Aimee Sostowski

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