Total loan: $1,450


La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Arts

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A loan helped to purchase fabrics and other materials to make hats.

Jorge's story

Jorge is 56 years old, separated, and lives in his cousins' home in the Tembladerani zone in the city of La Paz. Jorge is a hat maker by trade. Jorge wants a loan so that he can purchase cloth and update his straight-stitch sewing machine, which is in very bad condition and repairing it would not be advantageous. Jorge also knows how to make traditional Andean skirts, so the machine would be very useful to him for that purpose as well.

Right now, Jorge works for more than 8 hours from his place of residence; he only has one machine that he works with. On Saturdays, he heads straight to one of the popular outdoor markets in La Paz where he delivers his completed orders. With this work, Jorge supports himself and covers his basic necessities since he lives alone and doesn't have any support in spite of the fact that he lives in his cousins' home. Jorge would like to have his own place where he can live in the future or, at least, have a larger workshop.