Total loan: $9,000


Redwood City, CA, United States / Arts

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A loan helped start a fair trade eCommerce platform that partners with indigenous weavers in Guatemala.

Cinthya's story

I grew up in Redwood City in a household with traditional Mexican values. For me that meant community, love and hard work. Seeing the way my parents constantly pushed themselves and made moves to get ahead definitely influenced my desire to be an entrepreneur. Their lives taught me that I could create anything I could imagine as long as I was willing to put in the work and that if the situation required, I could get creative. They also taught me the importance of human relationship and what community offered to your overall happiness. Today, I would like to use my passion for entrepreneurship, culture and a desire to help others to create a business with all of the principles they taught me. I understand the value that I hold being from a country with so much opportunity and I also see their cultural value and wisdom. I would like to build my own community and use our strengths to pull each other up by the bootstraps. During my childhood, my cousins and I would spend our summer days at my aunt's house trying to figure out how to pass the time. Out of a pure desire to indulge our sweet tooth's and because our parents couldn't afford to give us money, 6-8 of us little kids would start businesses. We would look for whatever resources we had available and we'd confidently hit the streets to promote ourselves. We sold handmade book marks and clay pots, candy we got for Halloween or birthday parties, lemonade or offer house cleaning services. This experience was my first at entrepreneurship and the flexibility it allowed me was truly fascinating. Creativity and resourcefulness have now turned out to be some of my biggest strengths that will support me throughout this process.