A loan of $525 helped to invest in fibers such as jute and Cambrell and pay for the labor on a special order.

Angie Katherine's story

Angie Katherine V. Ramírez is 19 years old and lives in the Gualí neighborhood of Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. Angie is very environmentally conscious and she wants to work towards a culture of environmental protection. That's why she works making bags of various types out of a biodegradable material called Cambrell. With this business she not only produces and generates earnings for herself; she also generates earnings for the group of single mothers who work making the final products. This is the first time she has taken out a loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo [the Kiva field partner] and she is asking for 1,000,000 Colombian pesos to invest in fibers such as jute and Cambrell. She also needs to pay for extra labor to work on an special order, because she already has her regular production planned out with the women who work making the bags.

Angie's greatest dream is to create a mentality of environmental consciousness and to reduce the use of plastic bags in supermarkets and among housewives in particular. Her challenge is to see her business, called Organika M & E, grow and be recognized locally, nationally and then internationally level. This is why she has started out with her own business at such a young age. Angie is very enterprising and is happy with the neighborhood she lives in. She says the neighborhood has an ecologically conscious feel, as it is surrounded by green space and inhabited by honest and hard-working people. This is why the public spaces where she lives are so safe.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catherine Fountain

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