A loan of $1,200 helped to buy iron and charcoal.

Irma's story

Irma, 50, is a hardworking, enterprising woman who never attended school because her parents didn’t want to send her to school and she dedicated herself to help them with the household chores. She’s a single mother of five children who are 30, 18, 21, 16 and 24 years of age.

She has a blacksmith business where she manufactures hooks to hang hammocks. She has more than 20 years’ experience in this line of work. She learned it from a friend who visited often and she decided to start her own business starting it with her sister. Now she has a business of her own and her son helps her with it; it’s home-based.

The loan she’s requesting is to buy iron that’s needed to make the hooks and charcoal for the oven where the iron is heated to high temperatures in order to mold it. In this way, she’ll be able to supply more customers she has and her family income will increase and her family will be more comfortable.

In future, she wants to see one of her daughters graduate as a university professional since she never had that opportunity. Her other two daughters didn’t choose to continue studying. At present she only has one in school and her dream is to see her graduate university. She’d also like to find a way to improve the place where she works and to buy more materials than what she has now to start expanding it.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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