A loan of $1,275 helped to buy soil, firewood, sawdust and other materials..


Máxima Julia's story

The members of Santa Martha Communal Bank get together every 15 days in Los Bajos de Montecristi, a town known by its traditional product diversity such as the straw hats, famous in and out of the country. This is where Máxima, a 41-year old woman, lives. She is in a relationship and has three children, two of them minors aged 15 and 11 who attend school. Her husband is a salesman.

Doña Máxima is a very good mother and wife, and is requesting a loan to help her husband in his job. Sometimes during the year they sell the candy that she makes, and some other times they make bricks (used in residential construction). Given that the candy sales are not going well this season, they will use the loan to make bricks. Once made, her husband gives the bricks to traders that then take them to towns nearby for their use. This is how he makes a living and supports his family. They will use the loan to buy soil, firewood, sawdust and other materials that he uses to make his products.

Máxima has been a member of the communal bank for 3 years and she's satisfied because the loans always help to make her life better. Her biggest dream is to give the best possible life to her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Alcaina


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