A loan of $1,000 helped to buy three sacks of manure, leaf fertilizer, to pay labor costs and to buy a box of thread to make hammocks.

Maribel's story

Maribel, 34, is married and has five children. She’s a very tenacious woman who started working at the age of 14 making silk and husk hammocks; her parents taught her because she also worked in agriculture alongside them. When she got married she continued working making hammocks and in agriculture. A short time after her five children were born her husband emigrated to the United States. She buys the supplies she needs to make the hammocks and to do the agricultural work in the nearest community which is fifteen minutes away.

The loan she’s asking Fundación Campo for is to buy three sacks of manure, leaf fertilizer for her corn crop and to pay the day laborers that help her; she will also buy a box of thread to make hammocks. With this investment she will fertilize her crop which so needs it and will also have raw materials on hand to make hammocks to sell in the city to earn enough income to meet family needs. Her goal is to save up enough to buy 3,500 square meters of land to build a house for her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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