A loan of $1,200 helped to buy iron, sand, cement, bricks and hire labor to build a kitchen.

Silvia's story

Silvia, 34, went to high school but because her parents were unable to help out economically she was unable to continue on to university studies. She is single and always has helped her parents, so does not have her own family. She lives with her parents and two siblings who work and study. But only her parents depend on her.

Silvia has worked for ten years at an ice cream parlor. She decided to work in order to help her family economically and since then she has had the same job. Her place of work is half a kilometer from her house. Her work schedule is from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The loan Silvia needs is to build a kitchen in her house. The materials she will buy are iron, sand, cement and bricks. She also will hire labor for the job. Silvia says that thanks to the loan she will be able to have a larger living space for the benefit of her family.

In the future Silvia wants to get a university education. She also wants to have her own business and more income to improve her family's qualtiy of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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