A loan of $675 helped to buy pants, t-shirts, blouses, and children’s clothes.

María Carmen's story

María is a member of the Las Toquilleras Communal Bank. The members live in the Sigsig canton. This canton is frequently visited for it beautiful scenery and its landscape. Most of its inhabitants make panama hats. They also work in agriculture and raise animals. They are very amiable people who are very hospitable.

María, age, 59 is married and has three children. They children are 26, 18, and 14 years old. Her first daughter is married and independent. The last two daughters go to high school in the area. Her husband works in agriculture and as a bricklayer in construction. Through their joint efforts they have managed to build their own house.

María has raised chickens, guinea pigs, and pigs since she was a young girl. She sells them in the Gualaceo canton. She also makes panama hats, which she learned how to do when she was very young. She also sells all types of clothes.

This is her second loan in her communal bank. She will use it to buy pants, t-shirts, blouses, and children’s clothes in order to stock her business.

Her goal is to have a store to sell clothes.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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