With just a bit of thread, fabric, and business savvy, doll maker and entrepreneur Rosmery Susana is forging a path towards a financially sound future for her family. She sells about 20 of her traditional Peruvian dolls each month, and has had orders from customers in Spain, as well as shops in the Lima airport, Cuzco, as well as in her town of Urcos.
But success didn’t come immediately for Rosmery. Her first business venture as a member of a women’s sewing cooperative failed after the group disbanded. However, like any true entrepreneur, Rosmery was resilient. Shortly after the cooperative disbanded, Rosmery took out a $300 loan from our partner Arariwa to purchase a manual sewing machine and materials needed to start fabricating traditional Peruvian dolls. As a client of Arariwa, Rosmery also began receiving financial and savings advice. Armed with this combination of business knowledge and credit, Rosmery began sewing dolls in a crowded corner of her one-room apartment.
Slowly but surely Rosmery’s business began to grow to its current size. Her business is still young, but she is hopeful that she can save up enough money to buy a larger home as well as send her son to college. In the meantime, Rosmery takes pride in knowing that her colorful dolls earn her enough money to raise her son and help keep her Peruvian heritage alive.