A loan of $1,000 helped to buy supplies and materials.

María Trinidad's story

María, 30, only completed first grade. She’s married and her husband works in agriculture. She has six children but only two of them still live at home and are attending schoo; the older one is in 6th grade and the other is in 5th. Her niece and her mother also live with her and share household chores.

Her business is manufacturing and selling crafts. She’s been working for 5 years. An aunt has the same occupation and she learned a little from her. Later on, she got her own workshop and that’s where she learned still more and how she came to work in this. This is her only activity but she receives stipends from the United States. Before becoming a craftswoman she did household chores. The place where she has her products is 600 meters away and she reaches it on foot. She’s the only one in her home doing this activity. She works in her stand three days a week from 8am until 5pm.

The loan she’s requesting is to buy 20 cones of thread, ready-made crafts and paint to add some details to them so that they will be more attractive to earn higher profits and provide better quality of life for her family.

She intends to expand the business, that is, to make more items so her family will lack nothing with respect to food, clothing, housing or footwear. With the help she gets from a son in the USA and profits from her business she states that she’ll help her children become professionals in future so that they won’t live with the limitations poverty imposes like she did in the past.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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