A loan of $675 helped to buy chickens and chicken feed.

Julia María's story

Julia 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.

Julia, age, 44 is married and has seven children. They children are 24, 22, 21, 18, 15, 11, and 7 years old. Her first child works and helps her financially. Her second and third are married and independent. Her 18 year old goes to high school in the area. Her 15 year old works because he does not like school. The last two children are in school in the area. Her husband works as a bricklayer in construction. Through their joint efforts they built their own house.

Julia makes panama hats, and she has been doing this since she was eight years old. She learned and inherited this business activity from her mother. She sells her hats from her home. She also raises chickens, guinea pigs, and pigs. They are for her consumption and also to sell.

This is her second loan in her communal bank. She will use it to buy chickens and chicken feed.

Her goal is to grow in each one of her businesses.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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