A loan of $525 helped to purchase wholesale raw materials (wool and knitting needles).

Martha Elena's story

Martha is 49 years old, the mother of two children, and lives with her boyfriend. She learned to weave wool by observing others and has for 11 years woven and sold wool handicrafts. Martha makes scarves, gloves, face masks, and other wool items. Her business has allowed her to work at home while earning an income to support her family. Martha earns additional income for personal expenses by teaching classes in weaving and making wool handicrafts.

Hoping to strengthen her business, Martha is applying for a loan to purchase wholesale raw materials (wood and knitting needles). This purchase will ensure sufficient supplies to meet the end-of-year demand for Martha's handicrafts and allow her customers to choose from a great variety of products. Satisfied customers will make Martha's business more profitable.

Martha observes that her greatest wish is to be able to keep teaching anyone who wants to learn how to weave and make wool handicrafts. It is important to her that artisanal culture not disappear from her city and she's pleased that she helping ensure the survival of this art form into the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante

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