Total loan: $700

Elvia Carmela

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San Jacinto-Bolívar, Bolivar, Colombia / Arts

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A loan helped to buy raw materials such as macrame yarn, wooden knobs and accessories.

Elvia Carmela's story

Elvia is an artisan from San Jacinto, a town in Bolivar where her family works in weaving by tradition. Elvia decided to continue the craft and turn it into her source of income to support the family. She makes backpacks, hammocks, shoes and other products, and claims she chose this work because it relaxes her. She wants to show off her talent because she believes a handicraft is a special gift and it is very good for other people to know about, value and enjoy it.

She sells her products through relatives who live in other regions of the country. She is now applying for her first CrediKiva loan through the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation. She will use the resources to buy raw materials such as macrame yarn, wooden knobs and accessories to increase production and diversify her products. She hopes to increase sales and profits.

Her goal is to keep her customers through quality products and services. This is so she can strengthen her business enough to grow and generate an income to cover the education of her children.