A loan of $1,100 helped to buy chicks and straw.

Elvia Yolanda's story

Elvia’s a member of the “Las Toquilleras” (The Straw Hat Makers) communal bank. All its members live near Sigsig Canton, a place surrounded by beautiful mountains. Most of the women in this canton are housewives who do their household chores and also work in agriculture, raise animals or make straw hats. Many work in the city and preserve the culture and traditions of their peoples.

Elvia, 43, is married and has had 8 children. Two of her children are employed and help out economically and are also enrolled in distance learning programs. Five of her children are attending secondary school and her youngest attends the local elementary school. Her husband is a professional truck driver; he drives a dump truck. The house they live in is joint property.

Elvia does her household chores and also works in agriculture growing food for home consumption. She also raises animals like pigs, guinea pigs and chickens that she sells in her community. She also works in the occupation she learned from her mother: making straw hats.

She’s in her second loan with the communal bank and will use it to buy chicks and hat-making straw to continue with this activity. Her dream is to have a business of her own like a store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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