A loan of $700 helped to purchase materials necessary to make more hammocks, and also to celebrate her son's graduation from 9th grade.

Maria Dora's story

Maria is 36 years old and lives with her son. For more than 26 years Maria has worked making hammocks. She is a hard working woman who became a single mother when her son was just one year old. Since then, she has not stopped working. She makes the hammocks during the week and today can create about 8 per week. She began this work with her mother, but little by little she began to work independently. She buys the materials she uses in a city about 40 minutes from her home. She buys the material in bulk, for her own use as well as to sell to other artisans who also make hammocks. Maria is requesting a loan from Foundation Campo, so that she can purchase enough material to make a larger quantity of hammocks as she has great demand from customers. She would also like to use some of the loan to help celebrate her son's graduation from the 9th grade. With this investment Maria will be able to create many more hammocks, and she has plans to hire another person to help her make even more. She sells the hammocks in a city located in the eastern part of the country. With this business growing and income increasing, Maria can pay for her son's education, so that he will be able to graduate from a university and have a good career. She would also like to set up another business, a small general store, for additional income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Charnes

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