A loan helped to buy alpaca wool to produce fabrics to deliver wholesale to her customers.


Luz Esperanza's story

Luz is a 41 year old woman. She has a school-aged son and daughter, and her business is knitting alpaca shawls. She works in the rural village of ‘Batallas’, an area which is vulnerable to constant drought. Luz enjoys her days with her husband who works raising alpacas and vicuñas, and with her children. They live in a house built with adobe. Her business is knitting alpaca wool shawls.
For her business she has to travel long days looking for wool producers, which she buys wholesale and bastes until she has enough amount to knit. The production of her fabrics is done solely by hand using a weaving machine and the way her ancestors have produced clothing for centuries. She sells retail and wholesale. She has wholesale customers who buy all fabrics from her, because there is high demand for them in the city.
"Alpaca wool is very desirable and it is also more difficult to find...", she comments. Her challenge is to find alpaca wool producers. In order to have wool to knit, she needs to buy alpaca wool to produce handmade fine fabrics. The loan will help Luz to buy wool to produce fabrics to deliver wholesale to her customers. This is the first loan cycle with the institution in the ten years she has been working in this business. These are the reasons why Luz is requesting a loan to buy alpaca wool to produce fabrics to deliver wholesale to her customers.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Mueller.


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