A loan of $425 helped purchase of yarn, fabric and tools for making her products.

Juana Francisca's story

Juana Francisca lives in the South Laureles section of the city of Managua. She is 43 years old, married and has three children. Two of the children are grown and on their own, while one is 10 years old and still in school. Her husband works as a mechanic for a private company named INSS. Juana makes tablecloths, decorations, and clothing. Her customers prefer to order handmade knitted items, and she has been in this business for ten years. Almost everything she makes is sold abroad, and since there is a delay before items reach the hands of the customers, her payment is delayed a bit. She learned to knit when she was very young and now it is her livelihood. This is Juana’s fifth loan from AFODENIC and she hopes to buy yarn and fabric for constructing her handicrafts as she has too many orders for the materials on hand. In the future, Juana plans to establish direct contacts abroad to which to send merchandise, to complete some home improvements and to educate her youngest child.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Joyce .

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