A loan of $800 helped to buy merchandise (shawls made of vicuna wool, overskirts, and petticoats) to sell.

Amalia Emiliana's story

Amalia is a new client recommended by her parents who are also our clients. She lives in her parents' home in the Arenal zone and sells shawls woven from vicuna wool, plus the overskirts worn by some women. The vicuna shawls cost between 3,000 and 3,500 Bolivian pesos. Amalia sells them in towns surrounding the city, like Palca, Unni, and Rio Abajo, as well as in the southern zone.

Amalia delivers the shawls on credit and collects payments weekly, travelling to the towns where she offers credit. She also works as a domestic Mondays through Fridays, then on weekends conducts her business jointly with one of her sisters.

Amalia is still single and has no children. She will invest her loan in purchasing merchandise (shawls of vicuna wool, overskirts, and petticoats) because there is a strong demand, since this is the month of festivals in the community of Unni.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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