A loan of $1,100 helped to purchase wool and pigments to create textiles.

Tomasa's story

Here is a member of the communal bank named "Nueva Victoria - Chinchero", meaning "New Victory - Chinchero". It is located in the district of Chinchero, in the province of Urubamba in the department of Cusco.

Her name is Tomasa. She is 64 years old and she is married. She has 5 children (all are independent). Her occupation is agriculture and crafts, although she is primarily and artisan. She dedicates a great portion of her time to making crafts. She makes beautiful and refined works and she creates textiles, for which she wants to purchase materials and to acquire the natural pigments that are brought from the mountains. She makes her textiles by hand, using a traditional and ancestral technique. She places sheep’s wool in one extreme, held by a nail, and she stretches them and weaving them with her hands to form figures. In order to tighten the wool, to prevent it from being loose, she uses a large piece of wood. This is how she works. She is a member of a crafts market in her village and there she can be observed as she works her textiles and she displays works that were completed in the days past. She requires this loan to purchase materials. She requests a loan in order to increase her working capital and to purchase materials.

She is happy with the loan she has been granted and she is committed to the established payment terms.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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