Total loan: $3,225

Flor De La Canela Group

El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Services

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A loan helped to buy fabric wholesale to fill her orders and fabricate her own cloth.

Flor De La Canela Group's story

Filomena is a 39 year old married woman with two sons aged 20 and 15 and a 10 year old daughter. Her business is selling fabric to make polleras (traditional skirts worn by indigenous women).

She is a good mother, a good listener, patient, supportive, responsible and hard-working. She does her business in the ‘16 de julio’ area, a center located to the east of the city which has a large amount of administrative buildings, businesses and Social Service offices. It has a cold and dry climate with a daily temperature that varies between 0 to 12 degrees Celsius.

Filomena is dark-skinned, has dark eyes, long black hair that she braids, low in height, and robust in build. She uses traditional clothing (skirt, hat and shawl) Her mother tongue is Aymara which she speaks with her family and she speaks Spanish because of the general culture and for her business. (She is seated in the photo in the center with a cream colored sweater and a red skirt).

She lives her life with her husband who works as a contract bricklayer and her children who study at school. They live in a rented room made out of brick and cement with a metal roof that has running water, electricity, gas and sewage. Her desire to get ahead led her to head a communal bank of people with businesses like: a sewing workshop, selling cosmetic products, making mattresses, selling jackets, making aprons, selling alpaca sweaters and selling skirts, who got together to request a loan and improve their businesses.

Her business is selling fabric to make traditional skirts (polleras) worn by indigenous women. She learned to sew traditional clothing skirts, blouses and some shawls for one year. Then she opened a shop in her house with her own funds and the support of her family. Her sewing workshop is filled with a pleating machine, an overlock machine, two small tables and her irons that allow her to make perfect pleats on the traditional skirt that is used in the area. “I never thought that I would have my own workshop in such a short time and do work that is sold in other cities” she commented. The advantage of her business is that it has constant sales. Her disadvantage is the lack of capital to buy fabric wholesale.

Her dream is to fabricate her own hand-made fabrics. She wants to buy fabric wholesale to fill outstanding orders for the upcoming saint Day festivities. This is her 15th loan with the institution in the 10 years she has been in business. For these reasons Filomena is requesting a loan to buy fabric wholesale to fill outstanding orders and fabricate her own fabrics.