A loan helped to install potable water in her kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room, in order to be able to start a family in her home.


Lidia's story

Lidia is a 27 year-old woman. She has no children, and lives with her partner. She sells locoto peppers.

She is enterprising, independent, optimistic, generous, pleasant, responsible, and hardworking. Her business is in the town of Sacaba. It is a rural area characterized by the variety of restaurants serving typical foods, and by the chicherías where Chicha, a beverage of fermented maize, is made and sold. The climate is temperate, with temperatures varying between 13 and 24 degrees centigrade.

Lidia is dark skinned and brown eyed, with long black hair she wears tied back. She is short and slim. Her native tongue is Quechua, which she speaks at home, while she speaks Spanish in her business and for general interactions.

She shares her life with her partner, who sells vegetables. They live in their own home, which is built of brick and cement. It has electricity but no sewage system or potable water. They get their water from a tank truck, which comes by twice a week.

Her business is selling locoto peppers, (from the Quechua rukutu or luqutu), the fruit of the genus Capsicum, used as a spicy condiment in Bolivian cuisine. Its color can vary from red to green, orange or yellow. It is sold in its natural state and also as a paste or powder.

Her years of work have yielded results: she has been able to build her own brick and cement home, which consists of 2 rooms, one bathroom, a kitchen and a laundry room. It is in a rural area where most of the inhabitants get water from wells, using pumps and other less reliable methods. The water is reddish in color and it must be treated before drinking.

“I’ve worked ever since I was a child. My parents grow the locoto that I sell. I built my home, and I want to install potable water so that one day I may start a family and give them everything they need to live well…”, she says.

Her dream is to finish building her house. She hopes to install potable water in her kitchen, bathroom and laundry room so she can start a family and give them basic living conditions. This is the first loan cycle with the institution in the 3 years she’s been building her house.

These are the reasons that Lidia is requesting a loan to install potable water in her kitchen, bathroom and laundry room, in order to start a family in her home.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Fisher.



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