Leyla A. started making carpets when she was 15 years old. She is an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) from Aghdam, Nagorno Karabakh. She has been making carpets for more than 40 years. At the moment she earns her living by taking carpet orders. Most of her clients order portrait-carpets. The small room that you see in the photo is a workshop and a classroom at the same time. Leyla has 9 desks at which she teaches her neighbors, IDP girls, how to weave carpets. She does not charge them for the classes, because she thinks that it’s her responsibility to pass on the skills that she has.
Leyla needs this loan to purchase new yarn, natural dyes, and other materials necessary for her projects. She will make carpet logos for big companies and sell them to these companies. She also has a fund that her clients support (2$ from each client, optional). She uses this fund to buy equipment for the kids for their classes.