A loan of $1,625 helps to buy palm ivory, charms, clasps & glue to continue making necklaces, bracelets and decorations.


Gabriela Monserrate's story

Gabriela Monserrate is 34 years old, she is married and has two children aged 9 and 2, one of which is at school. Her husband is a shrimp fisherman. They live in their own home in Sosote which is known for its cuisine; Longaniza spicy sausage and pork sausage made from offal. The local people earn a living from making objects from Tagua (palm ivory).
Gabriela Monserrate is an artisan, she designs and produces handicrafts from palm ivory. She has a place in her home where she works to full fill her customers’ orders. She sells in markets, shops, travelling to the beaches and at weekends and holidays when most tourists arrive. The health crisis was very bad for her initially because she was unable to sell, however little by little she is re starting her business and can earn some income. With this new loan she will buy Tagua (palm ivory) , charms, clasps, glue in order to continue making necklaces, bracelets and decorations. She dreams of having her own shop and displaying her products and that her family enjoys good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Nic Couldrey.


This loan is special because:

It helps borrowers withstand negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.

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Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.