Total loan: $675


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La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Arts

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A loan helped to buy vicuña wool and hats.

Martha's story

Martha, aged 50, is single and has a 4-year-old daughter. She has a business making and selling vicuña wool shawls as well as selling traditional hats. She is enterprising, thorough, responsible and hard-working. She has her business in the 'Chasquipampa' area which is found to the south of the city of La Paz and has become a commercial area in recent years. It has a warm climate. Martha is dark-skinned and short of stature with long black hair worn in a plait. She wears traditional dress (hat, shawl and full skirt) and her mother tongue is Aymara (which is spoken in the area) and she also speaks Spanish. She lives with her daughter. They live in their own brick-built house which has electricity. Her business is making vicuña shawls. Her work consists of walking long distances on the altiplano to find vicuña wool, which she cleans and then spins. Once she has enough wool she starts to weave it on a loom. Her work is entirely handmade and each shawl takes an average of 2-3 days to complete. "I learnt this skill from my mother, who learnt from my grandmother, and I will also teach my daughter..." she says. Her dream is to improve her family's quality of life so that her daughter has better conditions to grow up in. She wants to invest in her business by buying vicuña wool wholesale, so she has enough raw materials to be able to work through the end of year season without any problems. This is her first loan cycle with the institution in the 10 years which she has been doing this work independently. This is why Martha is asking for a loan, to buy vicuña wool wholesale so she has raw materials to work to the end of the year as well as to buy hats to increase her stock.