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Felisabel is an indigenous woman, well-versed in the ways and customs of her ancestors. She is independent and with her work she sustains her three-month-old baby.

Felisabel is 19 years old and thinks that at her age she has achieved many of her dreams, though she still lacks some, like seeing her textile production work grow, something she has been doing for as long as she can remember.

When she was a girl, she used to pick out knitted articles belonging to her family members, take them apart and make other articles of clothing with new designs. She says,"I used to entertain myself greatly knitting and, since I lacked material to knit, I used to take apart articles of clothing belonging to my grandparents and uncles and knit them again in another way...."

Felisabel knits by hand in the way she was taught by her grandmother when she was a child. She has a sales stall on the street where she displays her work as well as selling it. She is sure that her three-year-old daughter will follow in her footsteps and that together they will knit more clothing for sale and thus support themselves.

The birth of her baby entailed lots of expenses and, for this reason, Felisabel is requesting a loan to buy wool so that she can continue her knitting work.
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La señora Felisabel es una mujer de pollera(cholita), muy arraigada a los usos y costumbres de sus ancestros. Ella es independiente y con su labor sostiene a su bebé de 3 meses de nacido.
La señora Felisabel tiene 19 años de edad y piensa que a su edad ya ha cumplido muchos de sus sueños, pero aún le faltan; como el de ver crecer su labor en la confección de tejidos, el cual lo viene realizando desde que tiene uso de razón.
Cuando era niña seleccionaba tejidos de sus familiares, los desataba y confeccionaba otras prendas con un nuevo diseño, “me divertía mucho tejer y como no tenía material para tejer descocía prendas de mis abuelos y tíos y los volvía a tejer de otra manera…”
La señora Felisabel teje a mano; tal y como le enseño su abuelita cuando era niña, cuenta con un puesto de venta sobre la calle donde expone sus tejidos al mismo tiempo que los vende. Ella está segura que su hija de 3 meses seguirá su mismo camino y juntas tejerán más prendas para vender y así ambas sostenerse.
El nacimiento de su bebé acarreo muchos gastos y es por ese motivo que La señora Felisabel solicita un préstamo para la compra de lana, para así continuar con su labor de tejedora.

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  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 130
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $33,217,350
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 6.9
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,025 helped Felisabel to buy wool.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
21 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 23, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2015