Arnulfa is from Mexico. She needs a loan of $475 to buy ocoshal, threads, needles, soap, and a tray.
Arnulfa is makes handcrafts from ocoshal, a kind of dried leaf native to the region she lives in. About ten years ago, a group of young people taught her how to transform ocoshal into beautiful bread boxes, jars, fruit bowls, and round boxes for storing tortillas in. With a loan, Arnulfa will invest in more ocoshal, threads, needles, soap, and a tray for making her crafts.
Arnulfa is fifty-three years old. She did not have the opportunity to study because her parents believed that a woman's place was at home, not in school. As a little girl, she worked the land, and once she got married, she decided to start a business to acquire her own income.
In spite of her lack of formal education, Arnulfa has worked hard to succeed. Her saying is, "Things have to be done better than you are taught to do them," so she gives her best to every single piece that she creates. She is proud to say that she has been in several fairs all over the country, where she sells her products.
In addition to selling crafts, Arnulfa also grows and sells avocados, and she raises and sells chickens and turkeys from her home. She has recently recovered from pneumonia, and she is thankful to God for the motivation and spirit to keep going and work hard.
Making ocoshal crafts is what Arnulfa loves most in life, and she is excited to buy more materials for her crafts with the loan. She would like to take her crafts to the cities in Mexico where this type of handcraft is not known. She wants to keep investing on her business because it is a way to show the beautiful traditions of her community to other people.