A loan of $1,100 helped pay off a debt, pay her children's tuition, and purchase materials for her sales.

Rosa Ever's story

Rosa, age 52, is a single mother of four children - three girls and a boy. Of her children, the younger daughters are earning their bachelors degrees away in the city on weekends, and the older children go with them. All of her family is there in the remote community where she lives.

She grew up with her parents and six siblings who all worked from a very young age. Thanks to their hard work, she was able to stay in a local school through the ninth grade. Her husband emigrated and forgot about the family he had back home. She lives alone with her two daughters in a house she rents from an uncle in town.

Rosa works selling handicrafts made from palm fronds. She also makes tamales in town and farms. Her mother taught her these jobs when she was young, and that's why she's able to do so many different things now. She works alongside her daughters, who go out into the community to sell their products, earn money for the family, and keep the younger daughters in school. She sells four afternoons a week both in her community and in neighboring areas.

This loan will be used primarily to pay off a debt she has to a private individual which she used to build a house from corrugated steel. The remainder will be used to buy corn and palm fronds so that she can continue selling tamales and handicrafts. Finally, she will pay a $200 bill for her daughters' tuition.

Rosa would like to build a barn where she can raise and fatten chickens, earning additional income for her daughters' educations. She dreams of seeing them all become professionals so that they can have steady jobs and a higher quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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