Their names are Pedro and Maria Rodriguez … and at age 79, they’re building their first concrete home.
Tucked in among commercial orange groves, Pedro and Maria’s shaded half-acre lot - located near the Mexican border outside Alton, Texas - is filled with flowers and shrubs.
Twelve years ago, under a contract-for-deed arrangement, the couple bought their land and constructed a small casita out of salvage lumber and plywood with plans to build a permanent concrete house once the land was paid for. The question was always, "How will we ...
... pay for it?” said Pedro. Maria had heard that another local family received a loan to improve their home but she didn’t think she and Pedro could get help. Who would loan them money? They were, after all, a low-income, poorly educated couple in their late 70s.
Then Maria met Rosie Tello, a woman in the community who was helping other local families get loans through CRG. With Rosie’s help, Pedro and Maria completed a simple application for a CRG Nuestra Casa Home Improvement Loan. And just two weeks after they submitted their application, Pedro and Maria were approved for a loan and received their first check from CRG for $2500.
"We used the first $2500 to pour the floor for our permanent concrete house,” said Pedro. “And because we paid on-time every month for a year, we were then able to borrow more money. We used the second loan for concrete blocks and to put up the walls.”
Pedro and Maria say they’re using their next CRG loan to put a roof on the house and hope to be able to live in a permanent, concrete home for the first time in 15 years.
Their names are Pedro and Maria and - with CRG’s help - at almost 80 years of age they are achieving The American Dream.
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