A loan of $1,600 helped to buy wicker.

Galo Alfonso's story

The village bank Maria Monserrate meets every 15 days in the canton of Montecristi, known for its rich precolonial culture and crafts that are recognized nationally and internationally. They are famous for their straw hats.

This is where Enrique lives. He is 57, married and has 3 grown children, two of whom still live at home. His wife works in the home. Enrique is an artisan, working out of a workshop in his home where his wife and children help him to make purses, furniture and other household articles made out of wicker. He mostly uses that material to make his products which are appreciated in cities like Quito and Guayaquil, where he travels to sell his products once a week. He has been in this business for more than 20 years, having learned from his father, and it is what helps him to get ahead.

This loan will be used to buy wicker to make his products. He has been in the village bank for over 6 years and likes it because of the help he receives. His dream is to buy a car so that he can make his sales using his own transportation.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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