A loan of $1,225 helped to buy plant fibers and paints.

Rosa Bertilda's story

The members of the Communal Bank "Madres Unidas" (United Mothers) meet every 15 days in the lowlands of Montecristi, a city that is known for its great diversity of traditional products. For example, the Panama hats that are produced here are known within and outside of the country.

It is in this place that one can meet Sra. Rosa. She is 54 years old, married, and has five grown children who are independent. Her husband helps with her business.

Rosa has a workshop in her home where she makes figures out of "toquilla" (the plant fiber used in the manufacture of Panama hats). She and her husband work together to produce several designs that are later delivered to merchants who take them to other cities. There they are sold at a very good price since they are traditional products that are of good quality. Rosa has been in this business for more than 30 years. She learned this trade from her parents and has been able to earn some income for herself as a result. Her husband does not have a job at the moment, so this is the only source of income that enables them to get ahead.

This loan will be used to buy plant fibers and paints for making her products. Rosa has been with the Communal Bank from the beginning and enjoys being a member because of all of the help her group has given her over the years. Her dream is for her and her entire family to be in good health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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