A loan of $1,400 helped to buy straw for hats, netting, and hammocks.

Cecilia Martire's story

Cecilia, age 42, lives in Libertad. When she was little, she started working with her family making hammocks, caps, and straw hats. She liked what she was doing very much, and she has now set up her own business.

She makes these products with her husband and their children. She has three children. The oldest is 17, the next is 14 and goes to public school, and she has a little one year old that does not go to school yet.

She does this work every day from 8:00 in the morning until 8:00 at night. She and her husband put forth great effort in order to get their three children ahead. With God’s help, her business of selling straw hats, netting, and hammocks is advancing little by little.

She wants to use the loan to buy straw for hats and netting. In the future she wants to structurally expand her home. She also wants to have her own place where she would be able to make her sales peacefully.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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