A loan of $300 helped to purchase materials to make hats.


Juana Cruz's story

Juana is the mother of a family, 52 years old, and she lives with her husband and two children in the district of Monsefu in Chiclayo. Juana is a known to be a hardworking woman who is devoted to her children.

Monsefu is a community of artisans. The best souvenirs of Lambayeque can be found here. Juana is a member of this community. She makes straw hats from her own home and she has been in business for more than 15 years. Juana's hats are sold fast like fresh bread and she has an established clientele.

Juana requests a loan from Edpyme Alternativa (Kiva Field Partner) in the amount of 1800 nuevos soles to purchase straw. It is the primary products that she uses to make her hats.

Juana loves her work and she is happy because she is able to earn an income doing what she loves best.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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