A loan of $1,000 helped to buy more crafts-making supplies and some crafts too.

Rubidia Noemí's story

Rubidia, 34, completed high-school in the national institute. She’s married and her husband’s employed. They have two children; one in third grade and one in Kindergarten. Her nephews, a sister and her two children also live with her.

Rubidia works making crafts but also buys and resells them. She relates that she’s been in this business four years. She learned this occupation because she used to work at the same thing with her sister but decided later to open her own business and saw that it generated profits and that continuing to sell might be a good idea. She only gets stipends from the United States.

The place she normally sells in is a locale several craftswomen have that’s about 800 meters from home. In addition, she also heads out to the city two days a week to sell there and she takes her merchandise there by bus. Her oldest son is her only help with sales and when she goes out to sell away from home she leaves at 6:30am and returns at 4:30pm because that’s the last bus that goes by her hamlet.

Rubidia needs the loan to buy more materials like thread, plastic for headbands and yarn to make the crafts and also to buy some ready-made crafts that she adds a touch of paint to so that they will look more attractive.

The loan will improve her quality of life in that she’ll earn higher sales income and will buy what’s needed at home. She needs to have the materials she needs for her business on-hand.

She intends to buy more crafts, to build bathrooms at home, to help her children with their schooling until they become professionals that will help them live in an environment different from the one she’s lived in.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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