Total loan: $725

Mary Bertha

Batallas, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Arts

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A loan helped to buy alpaca wool wholesale to weave shawls at a time when wool is scarce.

Mary Bertha's story

Mary is 19 years old and is single. Her business is weaving alpaca wool shawls. She carries out her work in Batallas, a rural zone on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Mary lives in her family's house; she has a small piece of land there where she lives. Her business is selling shawls, which are traditional women's clothing items that shield the shoulders from the cold. They are very popular among the women who dress traditionally and the finest are woven with wool from alpacas, animals that mainly live in the high plain. She sells in the city to wholesaler customers that resell the textiles. To continue in the business, she must collect a bigger quantity of wool and have materials to work in the winter. The advantage is that she sells wholesale; the problem is having work material in a time of scarcity.

Her dream is to build a house. She hopes to collect alpaca wool to produce during the winter. With this loan, she will buy alpaca wool wholesale to weave shawls in the winter. This is the first loan that she will receive from the institute in the two years that she has been doing this work.

For these reasons, Mary is requesting a loan to buy alpaca wool wholesale to weave shawls during the time when wool is scarce.