Adelaida Quispe is a seamstress in Arequipa, Peru that had a dream of owning her own business creating traditional indigenous outfits. She was employed in someone else´s tailoring workshop but was not satisfied; Adelaida wanted to become a great business woman.
With a loan and business training from ADRA, Adelaida took the first steps to realizing her dream; she purchased a sewing machine, learned about business management, and began manufacturing outfits. At ADRA’s encouragement, she also expanded her products to include dolls adorned with miniaturized versions of her traditional outfits.
Several years and loan cycles later, Adelaida now owns 3 sewing machines and earns almost 10 times the income that she received working for someone else. She has also taught her mother how to sew and they now work together in Adelaida’s workshop—a building behind her home. On a weekly basis, the daughter and mother team produces 50-60 dolls and three to four outfits, which they sell at a nearby market.