A loan of $1,000 helped to buy clothes and an industrial sewing machine.

Elvira's story

Elvira is a longstanding client of the institution. She’s been with the institution since 2003. She is a client with a good attitude and great punctuality with her repayments. She sells sashes and women’s underskirts called “polleras.” (Women’s “pollera” dress is very particular in La Paz. They wear a thick skirt with a thin “pollera” underneath that’s called “enaguas.” On top they wear a sash made from silk material and braided with fringe on the bottom). This type of clothing is very particular and is only seen in the city of La Paz.

She sells them in all of El Alto’s markets. Her work is very demanding because she must perambulate throughout the entire city of El Alto. However, she also has a fixed stand where she sells her merchandise.

They have a son who’s in school and they provide all the support for his personal development. Her husband is an owner-driver. He gets up very early and works until very late because that’s the only way one can make a profit in that particular occupation.

She will use the loan to buy merchandise and a straight-stitch sewing machine to make the clothing because she wants to go into manufacturing “polleras.”

She is very grateful to the institution for the support provided.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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