A loan of $800 helped to buy materials like reeds and paints and to improve her home.

Karina's story

Karina is an 18-year-old young woman that lives in the city of Chincha, Peru. She is a young woman that really enjoys listening to her favorite music and weaving clothing or adornments to decorate her house. Karina is a young woman that finished high school a few months ago and has already become a small business owner. This exemplary girl makes a living from making and selling woven baskets in the doorway of her house. This type of product is very commercialized in Chincha, which offers everything from chairs to handbags that are pretty, simple and colorful.

Karina lives in the center of the city where this activity is developed, in the “Grocio Prado” district known primarily for the blessed “MELCHORITA,” a woman that decided to follow the life of God very closely, a beautiful story of faith and grace. This is where people sell all kinds of bracelets and necklaces with images of the “MELCHORITA.” It is also the only place where you can buy the various models and designs of the handbags that Karina sells. She tells us that her mother used to make a living from selling these types of products and that was how Karina learned this art from the time that she was a little girl. Currently she cares for and watches over her mother as she cannot sell any longer because her vision isn't very good, but sometimes she helps Karina weave, because the weaving art is done with the hands. Karina knows that her products are good quality and that she makes products different from the others. She employs a pretty style to be able to compete. For the moment she only sells on Wednesdays and Saturdays. During the week she is dedicated to requests she receives.

This is the second time that the Kiva lenders have provided their support. Karina will be able to buy reeds, totora and paint, among other materials that are necessary for making her products, and she will be able to make improvements to her home such as improving the walls and roof. She is very enthusiastic because she knows that if she buys the materials now they will be very cheap, since the prices are lower during this season. Karina has a vision for the future of her fruitful business, so she wants her clients to be loyal with the variety of products she offers. With this increase in earnings she will be able to achieve her greatest dream, “To be a successful business owner and then to learn another type of art to broaden the variety of her products."

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Perry

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