Total loan: $7,975

Orquideas Del Sud Group

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Oruro, Departamento Autónomo de Oruro, Bolivia / Arts

Orquideas Del Sud Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy a weaving machine.

Orquideas Del Sud Group's story

The communal bank 06 ORQUIDEAS DEL SUD is composed of 8 members where Evelyn is the president. She is the first one in the picture with a black sweater and glasses; in the middle is Felipa who is wearing a white hat and next to her is Yessica who is wearing a black vest and a white and purple sweater.

As a child Felipa helped her mother in the cattle ranch, where she learned to weave sweaters and aguayos (a wool cloth used as a shoulder bag or for carrying a baby). In her free time she always did a variety of weaving. Because of her large family she could not finish elementary school because she helped with the household expenses. After having her own family she was dependent on her husband and limited herself in some household expenses. So she decided to start weaving aguayos, which she sold to her neighbors and acquaintances. She did it more often around carnival season, because that's when she sold the most. This way she managed to become economically independent from her spouse.

Felipa is very skilled with the fabric, and is well known by her clients who place orders and she works in her own home.

The loan she is requesting will be used to buy a weaving machine and a variety of wool which she will use to design new models of aguayos. This way she will increase her capital and will teach this trade to her daughters so that in the future they will not be lacking anything and will have an independent job.

NOTE: In the photo there are only 3 people due to biosecurity measures