A loan of $2,475 helped a member to buy supplies for making palm-frond hats by hand to sell.


San Agustin Group's story

The group called “San Agustin” is in its 1st loan cycle with the Program Commitee. The members are learning to work together and they want to receive training to improve the enterprises which each of them has undertaken. These women are making the effort to eliminate poverty by understanding each members' situation.

One such member is Merli, who in the last survey demonstrated a poverty level of “2.” By means of her effort and continuous work, and the emulation of the vital comportment of a successful woman, she is now improving her situation of poverty. But, equally, she is aware that this work and effort should be continuous and permanent to achieve total success. Among her work is making “Karanday” [broad-brimmed hats, woven by hand of dried palm fronds] and, also, selling fried pork rinds. She is emphasizing the assessors' recommendations, acting on their efforts.

Merli is soliciting this loan to purchase materials for making her “Karanday” hats. The loan will aid her efforts to achieve a concrete business plan and help her to improve her income.

In this group: Julia, Carmen, Cirila, Venancia, Jorgelina, Valentina, Maria, Merli, Ester, Norma, Gladys, Plasida, Sebastiana, Dorys, Graciela*
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD



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