Total loan: $20,000
Bishkek city, Chuy Province, Kyrgyzstan / Arts
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A loan helped To invest in high-grade merino wool and silk to meet growing demand for hand-crafted Kyrgyz products.
Aidai runs a design studio that produces clothing and home accessories made of handcrafted wool felt, silk, and muslin. Aidai has been recognized with numerous awards for her products that combine a deep knowledge of traditional Kyrgyz felting techniques with contemporary design. All dyeing and felting is done by hand in Aidai’s studio by 20 local master artisans. Aidai previously received a Kiva loan to invest in raw materials to increase production and employ additional artisans, which was repaid in full on time. Aidai plans to use a second loan of $20,000 to invest in high-grade merino wool and silk and a wool dyeing machine. This investment will allow Aidai to increase international online sales and meet the demand for her hand-crafted products. Increased inventory will also lead to better sales at international trade shows that Aidai participates in each year.