A loan of $200 helped to buy paint, replace her worn-out paintbrushes, and pay people to help her finish her products.

Josselin Rosibel's story

Josselin, 22 years old, is a very enterprising young woman. When she was 15, her mother taught her to make crafts out of clay. In the beginning she was still in sixth grade in the village school. Later she transferred to study in the city, but economic circumstances only allowed her to complete the eighth grade. Since then, she has been working making crafts. She and her month-old son live with her mother, since the baby's father abandoned them. Josselin is determined to keep moving forward and give her son and her mother a prosperous future.

Josselin has seven years of experience making clay dolls, but after taking a number of courses she has come to specialize in designing and painting the crafts, gaining access to the labor and commercial markets when she offers a better proposal for design and product presentation.

She will use the loan to buy paint, replace her worn-out paintbrushes, and pay labor costs for people who help her finish her products, since she can no longer keep up with the demand she has. She buys the paints and brushes in the capital city, since she can get a greater variety of colors and better prices there.

In the future, Josselin would like to increase her craft production and perhaps at least finish high school, since it will give her more opportunities in the future, whether to keep studying in the university or to have employment opportunities teaching clay crafts.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Rosenberg

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