A loan of $800 helped buy leather to fashion saddles and old coins to be melted and molded into blinders and bits.


Juana's story

For the past 24 years, Juana and her husband have been running a small saddlery business from a workshop in their home in Ayacucho, Perú. While her husband crafts exquisite leather saddles, Juana fashions the blinders and bits from leather and silver. As a young boy, Juana’s husband learned this craft, and when they got married, Juana began to learn as well. Every piece is handcrafted and the melting and molding is done with the wooden stove in the workshop. Located in the hills of Ayacucho, they have many customers, as horses and donkeys are a principal method of cargo transportation between city and country. All their work is done on a contract basis, filling orders as they arrive.


As a professional goal, Juana says she and her husband would love to one day open a store and workshop outside of their home. On a more personal note, Juana also plans to use the profits she has been saving in the bank to facilitate a university education for all four of her children and eventually construct a house of her own, as the one in which they currently live is rented. For all these reasons, Juana is very grateful to have been a part of her village bank for the past 13 years. It has been of immense help, she explains, teaching her how to save and assisting her in the realization of her many goals. Juana is requesting a loan of $800, with which she and her husband will buy leather to fashion and old coins to be melted and molded.



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