A loan of $800 helped the purchase of thick yarn to produce hammocks woven on a vertical loom and to make purses and backpacks.

Amaris Del Rosario's story

Amaris E. Gómez is 55 years old and lives in San Jacinto, a municipality in the Bolívar town center known for the production of artisinal goods like hammocks, purses, and backpacks. Amaris is shopkeeper and producer of artisinal goods, a traditional activity inherited from her mother. The products that she makes the most are backpacks that she makes at night, and hammocks that she makes with her sisters and mother. Additionally, Amaris works in a company in the morning, while her husband does field work. She has had two loans with Fundación Santo Domingo which have improved her family income and allowed her to improve her living conditions. The loan she requests will be invested in the purchase of thick yarn to to make woven hammocks on a vertical loom, and also to make purses and backpacks.

She expresses that she has seen difficult times during periods of violence when her husband could not work in the countryside, when it was up to her to take charge of the majority of household expenses; thank God the situation has changed and today most sajacinteros[those from San Jacinto] can work in the countryside again. In the future, Amaris dreams of improving her home, which she owns, and of helping one of her three kids finish their university studies this coming year.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Flavia Garcia (vol)

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