A loan of $1,100 helped to buy more materials in order to create artwork to ship to U.S. suppliers.

Marleny's story

This member belongs to the communal bank "NEW VICTORIA - CHINCHERO." This bank is located in the district of Chinchero, province of Urubamba, Cusco. Her name is Marleny, and she is 35 years old and married with four children (11, 5, 3, and 1 1/2 years old).

Marleny is a professional artisan who inherited her skills from her ancestors. She is originally from the town of Chinchero. From the time she was very young, she was involved with artisanal crafts without knowing that they were an art form; she made them part of her daily life. She learned to spin and to tint the various wools with natural dyes from the higher areas of the Andes. With great facility she learned to knit by hand using rustic knitting implements. She wove using wool to create different designs. Generally, the patterns are symbolic representations of Andean daily life: the landscapes, the animals, planting and harvesting, the sun and the water.

Marleny grew up surrounded by all these things and with her father Forferio painting scenes of nature all the while. The paintings were discovered and helped to establish a history of a town full of beautiful landscapes and that for centuries has preserved the purity of the Inca legacy through its customs and particularly its art.

Marleny has been featured in international documentaries and continues to contribute fine artwork to her town and to the world. Today she exports pieces to the United States. She dreams of installing accomodations for the various tourists who come from all over the world to stay a few days in order to participate in local customs. She wants to have more contact with these visitors and wants to teach them to knit.

Marleny is requesting this loan to buy more materials so that she can continue creating artwork to ship to her U.S. suppliers. She is happy to be provided this opportunity and promises to comply with timely repayments.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kara Gibson

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