Total loan: $1,500

Milenka Pamela

El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Arts

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A loan helped to buy fabric by the roll to make hats to sell wholesale at the border.

Milenka Pamela's story

Milenka ia a 34 year old woman. She lives with her partner and has four children, aged 2, 8, 11 and 15 years old. Her business is making hats.

She is an untiring fighter and very hard-working. Her business takes place in the
'16 de Julio’ neighborhood which is known for it's informal commerce and manufacturing.

Milenka is light brown in complexion, with black hair, ebony like the darkest night. To her any work in the cold or in the heat makes no difference, she isn't afraid. She knows how to face the sun and the wind. Her native language is Aymara which she inherited from her family and she speaks Spanish. She shares her life with her partner who works in the same business and her children who study at school. They live in a house owned by the family, made of adobe and has potable water, electricity and sewage. Her whole family are devote participants in Christian meetings in their community, meeting to improve the family environment.

Her business is making artisan hats. It is done in one room of their house is fitted out as a shop to make hats. She sells them wholesale at the border. Together with her husband they are specialists in sewing, weaving and ironing, skills which are needed to carry out their profession. "The hat has changed in form and texture over time, the same as other types of clothing", she comments. The success of her business comes from selling wholesale. The advantage of her business is that the hats are very sellable at the border. The disadvantage are the road blockages that prohibit travel. Her dream is to augment her production. She wants to buy fabric by the roll to increase her production and sales. This is her first loan with the institution in the 5 years she has worked in this activity.

It is for these reasons that Milenka is requesting a loan to buy fabric by the roll to make hats to sell wholesale at the border.