Thank you to each of you who placed a Mother’s Day cards for a cause order this year and helped to fund 7 micro loans for these amazing mom entrepreneurs around the world: Malohat, Kurbonoy, Evelyng Elint, Mygona, San Cayetano Group, Alma Nubia, and Dilbarniso!
I wanted to introduce you to each of these mamapreneurs to you —I hope you’ll take a second to learn more about them and their businesses! I think this is such a cool way to connect and see how much we have in common as well as learn about other parts of the world.
Please meet Malohat from Vose, Tajikistan (pictured below, to the left)! She is 25, is married with one child, and obviously has an awesome sense of fashion and color (I love her outfit!) She is launching her own sewing business and this loan will help her purchase a computerized sewing machine and supplies to get started! She has already rented a space and her first clients will be friends, family, and neighbors. She is an experienced seamstress and is confident her business will be a success because this work is always in demand.
Please also meet Mijgona from Vahdat, Tajikistan (pictured above, to the right)! She is 35 years old and is proud to be a wife and mother. She is a seamstress who works from home and will use this loan to buy more fabric—this will help her expand her business.
I’d like to introduce you to Dilbarniso from Vose, Tajikistan (pictured below, to the left)! She is 42 years old, a wife, and mother. She is described as having an open soul, talented, and hardworking. She has long dreamed of becoming the craftswoman of her area and hopes to do so by operating a sewing business, a trade she really enjoys. This loan will help her purchase a computerized machine to support her business!
This year I also wanted to learn more about the countries these woman are from. Here are some things I learned about Tajikistan, where all 4 of these mothers are from:
This is Kurbonoy from Yavan, Tajikistan (pictured above, to the right)! She is 47 and the mother of 6 children. She currently works in a farm and her husband is a craftsman. In addition to her current job, she would like to start a new sewing business as she knows how to sew and cut. This loan will help her purchase a new and modern sewing machine for her new business. The additional income will help her improve her family’s financial situation.
This year I also wanted to learn more about the countries these woman are from. Here are some things I learned about Tajikistan, where all 4 of these mothers I introduced above are from:
- The average annual income of Tajikistan is $2,700.
- 93% of the landscape is covered in mountains! Here is a link to some photos of this beautiful country.
- One of Tajikistan’s national dishes is rice pilaf, known as Plov. It is made with rice, shredded yellow turnip or carrot, and meat that is fried together. It’s a large communal dish traditionally eaten with your hands. If there is an exchange of Plov, it means I want peace with you, No words are needed, just the simple act of sharing this dish together.
Both of the next two mothers I am going to introduce you to live and run their businesses in Nicaragua.
Evelyng is the optimistic and goal-oriented owner of a small motorcycle shop in Teustepe, Nicaragua (pictured below, to the left). She is 33 years old and a wife to a supportive husband and a mom to two children. She has owned this business for 2 years and wants to turn her shop into a well-established auto parts shop. Her loan will help her buy motorcycle chains, tires, halogens, and ball bearings to help increase sales and earn more income.
Alma is from Nagarote, Nicaragua (pictured above, to the right) and is a hard-woman who has made her living selling new and used clothes on foot for a few years now. She has been doing well and her goal is to have a stand on a heavily-traveled road near her town. Her loan will help her purchase women’s summer clothes to sell. She is the mother of 2 children who are her main motivation.
Every time I read an entrepreneur’s story, it just emphasizes to me how many of the same thoughts and dreams we all share regardless of where we live, where we come from, our culture, etc.–how many of us also want our businesses to thrive so that we can provide better lives for our families? Who else is motivated by their children? How many of us can relate to their goals and share the same characteristics? Some things are just universal and we are connected through them.
Here are some things I learned and found interesting about Nicaragua, Evelyng and Alma’s country:
- Nicaragua’s average annual income is $4,800
- The national sport is baseball
- Much of Nicaragua’s food is based on corn. Here is a recipe for vegan Nacatamales by Peaceful Dumpling that I want to try!
SAN CAYETANO GROUP
The last micro loan recipient I wanted to share with you is actually a group! The San Cayetano Group is based in Santani, Paraguay. The 14 members are: Justiniana, Lurdes, Liz, María, Manuela, Juana, María, Janina, Eliana, Raquel, Vilma, Isabel, Myrian, and Gladys. They are working together to create better living conditions for their families. Here is a photo of them, along with some of their daughters:
One of the members, Myrian, makes and sells Cleaning Kits for a living. She is hard-working and always looking for ways to improve so that her family can live in better conditions and have everything that they need. This loan will help her purchase supplies to continue making and selling her kits.
These are a few things I found out while reading more about Paraguay:
- The annual average income in Paraguay is $8,400.
- The terrain here is a mix of marshy plains, dry forest, grassy plains and wooded hills
- Capybaras are from Paraguay! They are adorable and are the world’s largest rodent!
- Lace making is a popular traditional craft here. Intricate designs inspired by spiders’ web are made by both men and women. The lace is called Nanduti, which means “spider web” in Guaraní, the official indigenous language.
Thank you again to every single person who made these loans possible and I hope all of the special women in your lives enjoyed their cards! I hope you enjoyed learning more about each loan recipient as well as where each mom entrepreneur is from! If you’d like to see all micro loans we have helped to fund since we started doing this, you can find Atiliay’s Kiva Profile here.
And if you feel inspired to make a loan of your own, it is very easy—head to Kiva.org to learn more. (If you do lend, please tell me about your entrepreneur!)
All photos of the women shown above are courtesy of Kiva.org.