A loan of $725 helped credit to buy raw materials.

Teodora's story

Teodora is married and has children that are still young. She makes and sells regional handicrafts, which she sells on Sagarnaga Street, a picturesque street that is popular among tourists. They come in search of Bolivian souvenirs that are sold in abundance. Articles maD. from the yarn of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas are among the most coveted. There are also a great variety of items maD. from silver. The finer the work is, the more costly the pieces are. There are original pewter articles, from matchboxes to luxurious cutlery. Pewter, finely worked, has an elegant presence and, unlike silver, it does not tarnish over time. Woodcarving, previously the predominant handicraft in Sagarnaga, is no longer as prevalent. It takes time and effort to find such original work any more.

With the aim of attracting more potential customers, a number of tourist bureaus have opened in Sagarnaga offering a variety of specialty travel packages: from a basic tour such as “Tiwanaku Complex – Lake Titicaca”, to adventure excursions on the “Camino D. la Muerte”. Each year, there are less and less “traditional tourists”, while those seeking “risk and adventure” tours are growing.

The photographic mosaic from Sagarnaga Street shows tourists visiting Bolivia only a remote idea of the treasures hidden within its shops. Teodora carries out her business with the help of family members, who work with her to make blouses, purses, and other items, creating the only source of income for the family. The loan would be used to buy raw materials to make her handicrafts, in order to increase her production and generate more income.

She is very thankful to Emprender and Kiva for the confidence they show through the granting of a loan. If you want to learn more about Sagarnaga Street and see pictures of some of the handicrafts sold there, visit the following link: http://www.tiwy.com/pais/bolivia/la-paz/sagarnaga/esp.phtml

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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