Artesanias la Chapinsita
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:
More about this loan
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.
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years