Total loan: $10,000


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Oakland, CA, United States / Arts

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A loan helped me purchase more inventory for my clients as well as helps me invest in renting different locations at market places to sell my products.

Jenny's story

I was born and raised in Ecuador as the first of three daughters into a family of artisans. My roots are Kichwa which is an indigenous community found in Ecuador. From very young I learned to work hard to take care of my mother and provide for my younger sisters. I learned several trades including weaving which was passed down from many generations. It is a skill that I truly value because it represents the wisdom of my people and has given us so much. Thanks to all of my family’s hard work, we managed to open a small business of our own but unfortunately we got robbed two times and had to start everything again. This unfortunate event helped me develop resilience and an interest in starting something even bigger. I came to the United States in search of better opportunities for me and my family back home. I started Karanyarts by sharing a small space in the flea market. Little by little, my business started to grow and now I have a spot of my own. My dream is to continue to empower and help people back in my country while sharing our culture here. I would like to create work for other indigenous people so that they can continue to stay in their own communities and not have to migrate somewhere else for work like I did. I would also like to help people continue the tradition of weaving so that our ancestral knowledge can live on.