Total loan: $5,000
Chicago, IL, United States / Arts
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A loan helped me purchase clothing in bulk from Ecuador to sell at craft fairs in and around Chicago.
My name is Olga Santacruz. I came to the United States fourteen years ago from Otavalo, Ecuador from a family of Artesans to look for more opportunity. When I first came, I helped my sister-in-law in her business of selling arts and crafts in fairs and that is where I learned everything about this industry. About five years ago, I decided that I would branch out on my own and start my own business so that I could help my husband support our children. The hardest part was learning how to find and get accepted to the best festivals in the area.