A loan of $725 helped to buy wool wholesale for blankets, blouses, and baby clothes.

Olga Amalia's story

Olga, 58, is a widow with children who are already independent. She makes a living weaving blankets, blouses, baby clothes, and other handmade garments she sells as a street vendor and on request.

This is Olga's first loan with the institution. She's going to use it to buy a variety of wool for making her garments that are already ordered, and also for the coming end-of-the-year holidays because she has a lot of demand. Olga's requesting this loan because she needs the money to buy the essential materials for her textiles. At the end of the year sales increase and consequently, so does her income. She'll use the profits to continue buying supplies such as wool, buttons, etc. to make garments with pretty designs. The garments she makes are highly valued for the quality of her work.

Olga faces challenges in her business such as health problems because she's seated and weaving all day. This has given her problems with her eyes and her lungs, but she's recovering.

Her desire for her business is to help her children, to teach them a trade and the responsibility, dedication, and effort with which one should work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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