A loan of $425 helped purchase of materials for arts and crafts.

Rosmery's story

Ms. Rosmery is a member of the “Las Margaritas II” communal bank, and lives in Banda de Shilcayo, San Martin province, department of San Martin. She lives with her partner, is 38 years old and has a son that still depends on her.

Rosmery has been working in arts and crafts for several years, and she tells us that since she was small she loved doing these things. To start this business, she decided to take out a loan from Manuela Ramos, who helped her with S/. 300.00. She built upon this business and slowly started to get recognized.

Currently she is still in the same business and now she has a fixed set of customers who make orders every month. She also offers her products to her friends, family and neighbors; she does very well for herself and she generates her own monthly income. She has a charisma that makes the art sell for itself.

With the S/ 1,300.00 loan she wishes to invest in buying material for her arts and crafts such as cloth, imitation leather, plush, satin, string, and silk lace for the finishing touches. The most important material is velour, which allows her to make dolls and accessories such as underwear, diaper carriers, and dolls with aromas. The finishing touches are chosen by the customers.

Rosmery is very happy with what she has achieved, and because her business is doing so well. She is very thankful with the Manuela Ramos movement for helping women to start their own business and those who want to grow as entrepreneurs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esteban Riojas

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