A loan of $1,425 helped to buy animal feed and straw.


Rosa Arcila's story

Rosa’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 canon 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.

Rosa, 46, is married and has had six children. Two of them are married and live independently, one attends university, one is in secondary school and the two youngest attend the local elementary school. Her husband’s a professional driver; he drives a bus. The house they live in is the result of their joint work as a couple.

In addition to caring for her home, Rosa also works in the fields allowing her to improve her home’s economy; she plants vegetables that she sells in her community. She also raises animals like pigs, guinea pigs, chickens and cattle. Her most important task in to continue preserving her parents’ traditions so she also works making straw hats.

She will use her new loan to buy animal feed and will also buy hat-making straw to make her hats.
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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