A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase a stall to sell the clothes she makes and to obtain the necessary permissions.


Rosa Elena's story

Rosa, 48, describes herself as a hard worker who is responsible for her family and eager to succeed in life. Rosa lives with her husband and two children in Otavalo. Rosa works with her family making of shawls and blouses, which form part of the native Otavalo Indian dress. She has been working in this business for 20 years. She sells her merchandise at fairs, as she does not have permission to sell on the streets. Therefore Rosa has applied for a loan with FODEMI so that she can invest in the purchase of a stall to sell the clothes she makes and to obtain the necessary permissions, which will raise awareness of her products and enable her to earn a good income. Rosa's dream is for her children to become professionals, and to improve the management of her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Fiona Craig



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