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Diego Armando’s Life and Circumstances

26 June 2009 No Comment

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Diego Armando’s Life and Circumstances

Diego with his aunt and grandfather.

Diego with his aunt and grandfather.

Both Diego’s parents recently died and he suffers from a medical condition which needs attention. This child is living with an aunt from his father’s side.   This aunt cares for Diego and is extremely devoted to him.  Also, his grandfather visits him frequently.

Diego’s Nutrition and Treatment
Diego is receiving complete treatment supported by the Government Health System and the sponsorship program.  A good nutrition program is important to keep the child’s defenses up.  A proper diet will allow him to live a longer more comfortable life.

In spite of the fact that Diego’s aunt prepares healthy food for Diego, the doctor recommended that he take a daily multi-vitamin drink called Pediasure.  Diego is not currently taking this supplement because of lack of economic resources.  Twelve cans of 400 gr. each costs $150.  Diego should take a cup of this supplement once a day (one can is enough for two weeks).  Therefore, a treatment of twelve cans of Pediasure would last for six months of treatment.  Children International would coordinate the services of the pharmacy that provides our sponsored children with their supplements.  Then, Diego will be able to get a medical order to periodically collect the vitamin supplement.

School and Transportation
Currently, Diego has one uniform that the aunt needs to wash every afternoon to keep it ready to wear early the next day. The school has a monthly cost of $23.

Diego’s school is located far away from his neighborhood and requires transportation to get him there.  Diego’s aunt takes him to school every morning by bus.  After class, Diego’s teacher helps him to take a bus to meet his aunt at the site where she sells her food.  Then, they both return home in the afternoon.  The transportation cost depends on the support and income generated from the food business.

Income Generating Business:

Diego’s aunt is a sixty year old woman who works very hard selling food for masons at construction areas.   Fourteen days of the month, she travels to these sites located far away from her neighborhood.   She buys the food ingredients (on credit) very early in the mornings, cooks, and sells the food.  She repays the loan to the provider in the afternoon after she has made a profit.  Diego’s aunt needs $60 a day to buy the ingredients to make the food that she sells.

Diego’s aunt already owes the food provider $600 since she began the business one  and a half years ago.  It has been difficult for her to collect the money to repay the loan and still have money left over to provide for Diego.  This trying financial situation is stressful and has been affecting her health.  Diego’s aunt pays partial fees between $46 and $137 every fifteen days to try to relinquish her debt.  She does not pay interest because this debt is represented in food she acquired from the public market.

With a capital of $250, Diego’s aunt would cover five working days and the preparation of 226 lunches.  Each lunch has a cost of $1.83.  This means that she would make $413.   Taking into account the capital support ($250), she would have a profit of $163.   Diego’s aunt can reinvest such capital in order to use the profits in the house’s maintenance and Diego’s school and basic needs.  Also, she will be able to save part of the profits for any emergency that Diego’s illness may bring.

If the debt of $600 is paid, Children International expects that the $250 in capital support in conjunction with monitoring from the Agency staff, Diego’s aunt will continue to profit.

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