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Blanca Marina
37-year-old Blanca lives in Llano Grande canton, in Concepción Quezaltepeque, in Chalatenango department, in the north of the country. She started her hammock-making business 10 years ago. Blanca is married and only studied up to her seventh year at school. She has three children but only two are still dependent on her (14 and 13 years).

Blanca is requesting this loan to buy wood on which she will support her threads and weave her hammocks which can be seen in the photograph. She places her threads across wooden planks and then makes her hammocks by weaving among them. Hammocks are a part of Salvadoran culture (handicrafts) and are used for resting in hot weather. Everybody uses them, from babies to adults. They are mainly used in rural areas where many people don't have a bed to sleep in.
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Doña Blanca, de 37 años, vive en Canton LLano Grande, ubicado en Concepcion Quezaltepeque del Departamento de Chalatenango, ubicado al norte del pais. Ella inicio la actividad de fabricacion de hamacas hace 10 años, es casada y solo estudiò hasta 7mo grado, tiene 3 hijos, pero solo 2 dependen de ella (14 y 13 años). Ella solicita el credito para compra de madera, que le sirve de soporte para colocar los hilos y tejer las hamacas (que se muestra en la fotografia, como se elaboran, colocando hilos en tablas de madera de forma vertical a las que se van entretejiendo hebras hasta formar las hamacas, que forman parte de la cultura salvadoreña (artesania) y sirven para descansar en ambientes calurosos, usandola desde bebes hasta adultos, y principalmente en zonas rurales en las que muchas personas no cuentan con una cama para dormir

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About Apoyo Integral

Apoyo Integral (Apoyo) is a nonprofit organization offering financial products that enable clients to increase their working capital, purchase fixed assets, buy and remodel homes, expand agricultural business and more. The organization’s target group is businessmen and women who have already established their businesses but need financial support to strengthen or expand them.

Like Kiva, Apoyo is committed to empowering women involved in business activities in rural areas. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand these services to an even greater number of poor clients in rural areas.

About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 718
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $27,130,250
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Blanca Marina to buy materials for making hammocks.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 22, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 17, 2014