A loan of $700 helped buy three bags of maize, nine bundles of reeds, and bamboo to make bed mats and baskets.


María's story

40-year old María only has a grade 1 education and has already forgotten what she was taught. However, she can do sums and sign her name. She earns her living making bed mats with help from her two daughters. Her sons and husband work on the land growing maize and beans. They also make baskets and bed mats and sell them in distant markets. María and her family have been making bed mats and baskets since they were young, a skill they learned from their parents. In the area they live, most people earn their living this way. The loan that María is seeking from CrediCampo is to buy three bags of maize because it stopped raining for over a month and they lost their maize crop. At the moment a bag of maize costs $56, but it may cost much more in the future because of the failed harvest. For this reason she is trying to avoid the problem. María also wishes to buy nine bundles of reeds to make bed mats and bamboo for the baskets. Her dream is to see one of her sons continue his education and get a good job so that in the future he can buy a vehicle to take the merchandise to market. At the moment her husband has to pay for transportation of the mats and baskets.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A



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