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Bernardina
Bernardina spends her time decorating masks with plaster, chalk, paint, ornaments and other decorations. First, she creates a mold and applies a layer of paper. She almost always uses newspaper. This smooths the entire surface while fitting into irregularities in the mold. When the paper layer is dry, she repeats the process with additional layers of wet paper and a starch paste until the mask reaches the desired thickness. Afterward, she carefully peels back the mask which comes off in a block. Next, holes for the eyes and nose are drilled. She then proceeds to attach the teeth, ears, neck, hair bristles and any other addition such as rubber connections to allow movement. Horns are added based on the traditional number for decoration and/or the number specific to the region where the masks come from.

Bernardina is a single mother and lives in her uncle's house with her mother. They live in El Alto in the area near 16 de Febrero.

Bernardina's dream in the medium term, is to have a shop where she can make masks and other crafts while at the same time reaching maximum efficiency in the various stages of production. This will result in higher product output, reduction in costs, better quality products, and the ability to export to other areas. This will increase her income and quality of life for her family. This loan is needed to buy materials in larger quantities as to save money in costs.

This the first loan she has applied for with IMPRO and her first time with KIVA.
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Bernandina se dedica a la elaboracion de CARETAS (máscaras)para lo cual utiliza estuco,tiza,pinturas,adornos y otros. Primero se hace un molde y se aplica una capa de papel (casi siempre usan el de periódicos) alisando bien toda la superficie para que se adapte a las irregularidades del molde. Cuando se seca esta capa, repiten sucesivas capas de papel mojado con engrudo de almidón hasta que adquiera el grosor que desee dar el artesano.Después se despega con cuidado la máscara, que sale en bloque, y se perforan los agujeros de nariz y ojos. Se procede posteriormente a pegar dientes, orejas, cabellos, cerdas y cualquier otro agregado que lleve, como por ejemplo articulaciones de goma para dar movimiento. Se le adicionan los cuernos en el número que tradicionalmente señale el decorado y/o que sean propios de la región a que pertenece la careta.

Bernardina es madre sola y vive en casa de su tio junto con su mamá, ubicada en El Alto en la zona 16 de Febrero.

El sueño de Bernandina es tener en un mediano plazo un taller para desarrollar sus caretas y otras artesanías y al mismo tiempo obtener máxima eficiencia en los diferentes procesos de producción, lo que redunda en mayores volúmenes de fabricación, reducción en costos y mejora de la calidad de los productos y exportar al exterior. Asi mejorar sus ingresos y calidad de vida a su familia. El crédito lo necesita para la compra de sus insumos en mayor cantidad para ahorrar en el costo.

Es la primeraa vez que solicita crédito junto a IMPRO y la primera vez con KIVA.

Additional Information

About IMPRO

IMPRO is a small non-profit organization that has been offering micro credit to the working poor in the Bolivian cities of La Paz and El Alto since 1995. IMPRO’s goal is to fight poverty by offering loans to small business owners who cannot access credit through the regular banking system due to a lack of guarantees or collateral.

To ensure that everyone has access to credit, IMPRO maintains a low interest rate by minimizing operational costs. IMPRO’s partnership with Kiva, which began in 2007, has allowed IMPRO to expand its services while maintaining these low interest rates.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 201
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $31,424,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 6.9
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $600 helped Bernardina to buy plaster, paint, and chalk wholesale in order to continue her business decorating masks and other crafts.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Dec 24, 2013
Listed
Jan 24, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Jan 18, 2015