A loan of $1,150 helped to buy woolen yarn, gloves, scarves, hats, etc.

Ma Guadalupe's story

Guadalupe, or Lupita, as she is known in her community, is a happy woman who is very kind to other people. But most of all, she is very hardworking. She is 43 years old, and has been married for 25 years to Leobardo. Twenty-five years ago they formed a family with 3 daughters who are no longer their dependents. Lupita has had a business making caps, scarves, gloves, capes, legwarmers, and other woolen items for 20 years. She says that she started the business because in her community many people work making these kinds of handicrafts, and it is very common for the people to knit these items and later sell them. Lupita comments that "in my family, knowledge of embroidery has been passed down through the generations."

Lupita's husband taught her to stitch. She makes these products all through the year, but unfortunately her work is not valued, because her pay is very little. However, she is requesting a loan to buy wool yarn to make her embroidered products, because in this season of every year, she goes to another city to sell her handicrafts. This is the best way for her to obtain the highest earnings, although it is very risky to travel to these cities. The difficulty that Lupita is experiencing is that she lacks the money to stock up on merchandise and buy more yarn. In the place where she sells, her customers ask for special garments, and she needs wool in various colors. Lupita tells us that she develops her styles and color combinations by observing how people dress, and her work is very unique. With her aunt, she has plans to open new businesses, including the sale of clothing and a grocery store. Lupita will tend to the 2 businesses, because she can not go out to work in more distant places because she suffers from a back injury.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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