A loan of $4,350 helped a member to buy primary materials to be able to make cushions, bags, purses, and clothing to sell.

The Women´s Bank Of Dorcas Group's story

Ofelia is 66 years old, the single mother of 4 children, all adults now, just 2 of whom still depend on the productive activity she carries out. Ofelia is an artisan of the zone, very well known for the very original work she does. She sees this as is a gift that she has been able to exploit in a good way. Her customers are faithful to her production because these items are well-designed and of quality.

Ofelia makes the articles in the corridor of her house, requiring approximately one complete day to finish each one, depending upon the design solicited. Also, it is important to recall that she offers courses in artisan crafts for women of the community who wish to have their own income from their work. In Ofelia's case, it has permitted her to provide a better condition of life for her family.

She has selected the Women's Foundation for this loan because of her many years working with them, which have gone very well. Ofelia has been very responsible in making her monthly payments, completely paying off her debts.

Ofelia hopes that in the future, her granddaughter will continue to produce what she is teaching her to, so that this inheritance and ability will continue in the family.

In this group: Maria Ofelia, Ana L., Leyda, Yessenia, Stibalis, Carmen

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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