A loan of $1,000 helped to buy straw for the manufacture of straw mattresses.


Elio's story

Elio is 38 years old, married with 3 children who are ages 6, 1 and 12. Elio makes straw mattresses known as “payasas” which he sells to middlemen that take them to the more remote and rural towns of the department of Santa Cruz. His home is located in the area of Santa Rosa.

This loan is his first sequence within the institution. Elio is going to use this loan to buy raw material which in this case would be the straw that for the time being is green in color and it takes a while to dry out in order to be able to use it in the manufacture of mattresses for his business.

Elio faces challenges in his business such as that there are several people that also do the same activity and so he must produce the same mattresses faster. The inclement weather and low temperatures can also cause various difficulties for them. He is going to use the profits to improve his economic situation. His dream is to have more production in order to be able to get ahead with his children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melanie Snellings



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