A loan of $475 helped to buy thread to use in her vertical weaving of bags, hammocks and backpacks.

Yamit Elena's story

Yamit is 32 years old and lives with her two children who are three and thirteen years old. They live in the San Jacinto municipality in the department of Bolívar. The area is known for its beautiful handicrafts such as hammocks, backpacks and accessories, among other elements of traditional culture that have been passed down from woman to woman.

This is the case for Yamit who learned from her mother when she was twelve years old. The handicrafts have helped in generating an income for the wellbeing of her home. The handicrafts Yamit makes are very good quality. The Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje [National Training Service], with help from the national government, has been able to impact the quality by providing quality training in artisanal techniques.

Yamit’s dream is to increase her earnings each day so as to be able to continue studying and achieve her goal of becoming a nurse. However, her working capital is not sufficient to increase her production and therefore her sales. This is why she is getting a loan, her first with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, to buy thread to use in her vertical weaving of bags, hammocks and backpacks. She makes the crafts to respond to the orders made by her siblings who sell them on the Isla de Barú to the tourists.

Yamit works hard, making a great effort to increase her earnings while running her business at nothing less than a 58% profit margin which she plans to increase over time.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Monica Wooters

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