A loan of $450 helped buy 3 sacks of thread (Manila, to make hammocks), twists ( hooks where thread is woven together to provide more support), and 10 beach chairs ('hammocks' in the form of personal seats).

Rosa Argentina's story

Rosa resides in the Department of Masaya, is 42 years old and married. Her nuclear family consists of just 2, herself and her husband, now that her children work independently.

Her skill is making artisan hammocks, using Manila cord. Previously, she helped her husband in the business, but since he became bed-ridden some 3 years ago, due to brain cancer, she decided to take on the reigns of the business. She would need to pay for the medicine he required and the chemotherapy.

Rosa reports that her husband continues to be ill, though at times he recuperates, then falls ill again. But she says that with God's help, all is possible and the struggle will continue so long as God allows her to be at her husband's side. Rosa will continue working in her business, since it is the only means she has of covering the costs. She is very grateful to Ceprodel for facilitating a loan that will permit her to buy the primary materials required to fill customer orders.

That is why Rosa has visited our offices, to solicit a new loan to buy 3 sacks of thread (specifically those she uses), twists (for hook supports), and 10 beach chair frames (that will also require these materials). She now has her own customers who buy her products from her location in the artisan sector of the market. Rosa can also count on a small post alongside the highway near her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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