A loan of $500 helped to buy materials for making hammocks.

Blanca Marina's story

37-year-old Blanca lives in Llano Grande canton, in Concepción Quezaltepeque, in Chalatenango department, in the north of the country. She started her hammock-making business 10 years ago. Blanca is married and only studied up to her seventh year at school. She has three children but only two are still dependent on her (14 and 13 years).

Blanca is requesting this loan to buy wood on which she will support her threads and weave her hammocks which can be seen in the photograph. She places her threads across wooden planks and then makes her hammocks by weaving among them. Hammocks are a part of Salvadoran culture (handicrafts) and are used for resting in hot weather. Everybody uses them, from babies to adults. They are mainly used in rural areas where many people don't have a bed to sleep in.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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