Carmela started her business five years ago with a single knitting machine. Her home-based business is located in the San Juan de Miraflores area near Lima, one of the many hillside shanty towns where settlers from the countryside have landed in search of a "better life" in Lima. Today she has 6 machines and has brought 8 workers into the cooperative. Carmela says her success really hinges on her ability to invest in new machines and to get bigger orders. Elevita carries Cutie the Lamb and Roary the Lion, organic stuffed baby toys made by Carmela. Purchasing these adorable animals will help Carmela reach her goal of doubling her knitting machines and workers. Carmela is motivated by her desire to help her teenage sons stay in school. Well done, Carmela!