Total loan: $300


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La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Clothing

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A loan helped to purchase shawls and aprons wholesale, to serve her seasonal clients.

Virginia's story

Virginia is a 63-year-old married woman. She has two sons who are 30 and 35 years old, and two daughters who are 33 and 38. She makes a living by selling shawls and women's aprons. She is enterprising, independent, reliable, responsible, and hard-working. She conducts her business by traveling around the "Chasquipampa" area, which used to be a region where livestock were raised and houses were made of adobe. Nowadays, it is completely urbanized, and it is warm in the summer and very cold in the winter. Virginia is tanned, short in stature, and has long, black, braided hair. She dresses in the traditional hat, shawl, and skirt. Her first language was Aymará, and she speaks Spanish because it is general knowledge and she uses it for her business. She lives in the company of her husband, who is a salesman. They live in their family home, which is made in the traditional adobe style with a corrugated metal roof. It has potable water, electricity, and plumbing. She makes a living by selling shawls (mantas) and women's aprons (mandiles). A manta is a rectangular piece of cloth that women traditionally wear to cover their back. It is made of different materials and colors depending on the occasion and the taste of the wearer. They can be the traditional ones made of alpaca and vicuña [2 breeds of llama] wool, or the modern ones made of colorful cloth with new designs and varieties. A mandil is a type of apron that women traditionally use to avoid getting their clothes dirty while working, cooking, cleaning, or performing other activities. She conducts her business by traveling long distances to find customers. "I want to operate my business from an established location. I'm getting tired of walking so much..." she says. Her dream is to have a set location. She wants to buy shawls and aprons wholesale to satisfy the market demand. This is her second sequence of loans with this lending partner in her 10 years of the business. Virginia is requesting a loan to purchase shawls and aprons wholesale to satisfy her seasonal customers.