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María Maxima
María is 49 years old, and married with 3 children. For more than 30 years, she has been making hammocks for sale, as her sister taught her to do. Today, she makes her hammocks out of silk and Poliseda (a silken polyester fiber). Before that she worked as farm labor with her parents, but for the past 24 years, she has dedicated all of her time to the creation of hammocks, with which she helps her husband with the household expenses. She makes 3 hammocks per week. Of her three children, just one is in school and the two women have already gotten married.

She acquires the materials to make her hammocks in the closest town, and to get there, she takes a bus, a trip which she makes every 15 days with her son.

The loan which she is asking from Fundación Campo is to buy two boxes of silk thread and hammock handles. She makes hammocks to order and also for general sales, and with this loan, she will be able to sell more. Her goal is to establish a fixed sales locale where she can sell directly to her customers.
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María tiene 49 años, esta casada y tiene tres hijos. Desde hace más de 30 años aprendió el oficio de la elaboración de hamacas; su hermana fue quien le enseño. Hoy en día elabora hamacas de seda y poliseda. Antes solo se dedicaba a las labores agrícolas junto con sus padres. Pero desde hace 24 años se dedica por completo a la elaboración de las hamacas, para apoyar a su esposo con los gastos del hogar. Elabora tres hamacas a la semana. De los tres hijos solo una estudio y las dos mujeres ya esta casadas.

Los insumos para elaborar hamacas las adquiere en el pueblo más cercano, para llegar ahí aborda un autobús; viaja cada 15 días en compañía de su hijo.

El préstamo que esta solicitando a Fundación Campo, es para comprar dos cajas de hilo de seda y manguillos. Ella elabora hamacas por encargo y también para el comercio y con el préstamo podrá vender aún más. Su objetivo es establecer un puesto de venta fija en donde pueda tratar directamente con los clientes.

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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
  • 612
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $22,145,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped María Maxima to buy two boxes of silk thread and hammock handles.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 8, 2013
Listed
Apr 19, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
May 22, 2014