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María Víctorina
María is 42 years old. She is a common-law wife and has four children. When she was ten years old, her mother taught her how to weave with mezcal.* She began weaving hammocks and matatas (canvas bags) from maguey* and pita*. Eventually, she began making hammocks with silk thread and poly silk. Now, she is teaching her children how to weave hammocks. Her husband works in farming in the morning and weaves hammocks in the evening.

She buys the supplies for making the hammocks in a city that is ten minutes away. Sometimes she travels by car and other times she walks because there is no public transportation. She travels every fifteen to twenty days, accompanied by her husband or one of her children.

She is requesting the loan from Fundación Campo to purchase sand and cement to finish building a retaining wall for her home as the previous one was washed away in winter. She will also buy fifty pounds of yarn and she will invest the remainder in supplies to remove water from a well that she is building. Her home doesn’t have potable water and she is currently buying it form private individuals. In this way, she will have the supplies to continue making hammocks and satisfying customer demand. In addition, she will have a safer home for her family. Her dream is to continue improving her home and installing brick paving with cement and sand.

*mescal, maguey, pita – common names for the Agave plant. The fibers are used in weaving.
(For more information about mezcal and weaving, please visit: http://cookjmex.blogspot.com/2010/10/oaxaca-part-7-mezcal-weaving-two-local.html)
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María tiene 41 años de edad, esta acompañada y tiene cuatro hijos. Desde los 10 años de edad, su madre le enseño a hilar mezcal, ella inicio a elaborar hamacas de maguey, pitas, matatas; con el paso del tiempo empezó a elaborar hamacas con hilo de seda y poliseda. Ahora ella le enseña a sus hijos a hilar las hamacas. Su esposo, por la mañana trabaja en la agricultura y por la tarde se dedica a hilar hamacas.

Los insumos para elaborar las hamacas, las adquiera en una ciudad que esta a diez minutos, a veces se transporta en un vehiculo y en otras caminando, pues no hay transporte publico. Viaja cada 15 o 22 días y lo hace en compañía de su esposo o de un hijo.

El préstamo que esta solicitando Fundacion Campo, es para comprar arena y cemento para terminar de construir un muro de contención para la vivienda, ya que en invierno se lava, también comprara 50 libras de hilo y el resto lo invertirá en insumos para sacar agua de un pozo que esta construyendo, ya que en su casa no hay agua potable y actualmente la esta comprando a personas particulares. Así, ella poseerá insumos para seguir elaborando las hamacas y satisfaciendo la demanda de sus clientes. También, contara con una vivienda más segura para su familia. Ella, sueña con seguir mejorando su vivienda enladrillándola con cemento y arena.

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About CrediCampo

This loan is administered by CrediCampo, a Kiva Field Partner in El Salvador. CrediCampo seeks to improve the lives of rural communities and their families in areas including health, education, basic services, and infrastructure. Through its Community Development Unit, CrediCampo provides scholarships, leadership development training, and financial education programs for families in rural areas. CrediCampo’s work is crucial in addressing the issue of poverty in El Salvador. Based on 2009 estimates, 37.8% of the population lives below the poverty line. To learn more about CrediCampo and their work, visit their partner page.

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  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 415
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $22,783,600
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped María Víctorina to purchase sand and cement for home improvement and 50 pounds of thread for weaving.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 18, 2013
Listed
Feb 28, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
May 22, 2014