A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase merchandise (clothes for toddlers and youth as well as traditional indigenous clothing).

Marco Antonio's story

Marco lives in his mother's home in the Chasquipampa zone with his two children and his wife. They have a clothing store in their home (that sells) traditional skirts for the Cholitas ***, shirts, and other clothes for children and youth. They have good sales on the weekends since there is a market on Saturdays that the people from neighboring communities (Palca, Unni, and others) come to. They need to increase their merchandise because of customer demand. They need to purchase more clothing items that will appeal to everyone, and they also need to purchase winter clothes since the cold season is coming. Marco is a very hardworking person who is always thinking of his family's well-being. He is grateful to this organization for the support it provides.

***Cholitas are the indigenous rural women of Bolivia. They distinguish themselves by wearing bowler hats and colourful skirts and shawls and form the backbone of the social movement that in 2006 brought Evo Morales to power in their country.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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