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Jul 20, 2016 7:20 EST

Calmo – Artesanias la Chapinsita: I sell typical clothing, shoes and purses made from Guatemala. Most of the clothing is weaved by artisan makers in small villages all around Guatemala.

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Calmo

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Calmo’s story

My name is Benita Calmo. I was born in Guatemala. My family was very poor and we struggled just to feed ourselves. I came to California when I was 20 years old seeking better opportunities. It was very difficult because I speak a little known language called Mam. I had to learn how to speak Spanish and English just to survive here in the United States!

I also have had the challenge of having to raise two daughters, Jessica and Ashley, while learning a new culture. The Latino community in Oakland has helped me in so many ways. 

This loan is special because:

It supports a working mother and immigrant entrepreneur providing authentic Guatemalan products.

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More about this loan

Business Description

My family in Guatemala scraped by selling fruits and vegetables. They sent me a few hundred dollars and I opened my business Artesania la Chapincita about a year-and-a-half ago here in Oakland.

I sell typical clothing, shoes and purses made from Guatemala. Most of the clothing is weaved by artisan makers in small villages all around Guatemala. I take trips several times a year to purchase various items and sell them here in America.

What is the purpose of this loan?

This loan will allow me to purchase in bulk supply at a cheaper rate. This loan will also allow me to expand my product lines.

About Artesanias la Chapinsita

Industry: Arts
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years

A loan of $3,000 helps purchase additional arts and crafts and clothing from Guatemala.

Contact Information:

Calmo

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