A loan of $650 helped a member purchase materials in order to increase output.

Los Canastitos Group's story

The Canastitos Group originates from the city of Monimbó-Masaya, which is located one league (about 3 miles) away from Masaya. Of all the populations that descended from the Chorotega group, only the Monimbó have been able to maintain their ethnic identity over time. This is evident in the production of handcrafts made of palm leaves and leather which are rooted in folklore.

Doña María de los Ángeles is the group coordinator. She is 39 years old and works as a seamstress. She started her business several years ago when she left the Franca District, where she worked previously. Using the settlement payment from her old employer, she decided to buy a sewing machine so that she could open her own tailoring workshop.

She will use her loan to purchase materials and gradually expand her workshop. Her children will be able to work and study at the same time in order to get ahead.

Doña Rosa Adela T. works from home preparing and selling meals and beverages. Doña Ana Julia S. also works from home as a seamstress.

In this group: María De Los Ángeles, Rosa Adela, Ana Julia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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