A loan of $3,350 helped a member to buy materials for various businesses, including wool for weaving craft pictures.

Suma Sartawi Group's story

The communal association known as "Suma Sartawi" (we will begin well!!) works in the Focal Center of Villa Exaltación. The group is composed of twelve enthusiastic women and one man, who is learning to get along with the group. The associates have various businesses, according to the needs of the zone where they live. Among these are neighborhood stores with basic products as bread, rice, noodle, matches, and bottled refreshments, a butcher shop, a stall selling snacks at the door of a school, clothing sales, a movie theater, a dressmaking workshop, spinning wool yarn from vicuna and making craft pictures.

The making of craft pictures is the business of Señora Lidia C. Q., a young woman of 23 years who is very kind. She has already completed one loan with the association and desires again to renew her loan to buy more alpaca wool and colored wool for weaving the craft pictures that are her living.

These pictures represent images of mountains, flames, churches, people, and popular markets. Señora Lidia assures us that she can reproduce any image in the weaving. She tells us that her sister-in-law taught her to weave and that she has been able to learn enough to create her own designs. She is married and has two children: a girl and a boy. For now she thinks that is enough and that from now on she will be dedicated to work.

In this group: Lidia, Ascencia, Felipa, Remedios, Rosse Mary, Irlanda, Esperanza, Justina, Debora Faviola, Regina, Rosa, Carlos Tito, Agustina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer B Brown

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