A loan of $1,200 helped to buy materials for making jewelry.


Miriam's story

Sra. Miriam is 53 years old and has been a widow for several years. She has two children who are independent, as well as grandchildren. Miriam took over the goldsmith business that she started with her husband 35 years ago. She lives in the northeast section of Cochabamba, which is seven kilometers away from the central part of the city. Miriam has a workshop in her house where she has spent many years making gold jewelry. However, the cost of materials and finished jewels have significantly increased within the last six years, which has transformed her business and her supplies. During this time and to this date, she has worked only with silver.


Miriam needs investment capital for materials such as silver, semi-precious stones, and pearls for making chains, bracelets, necklaces, and rings that have fine finishes. She is a person who possesses very gifted hands. In addition, she prepares different types of baked goods (empanadas, rolls, cupcakes, and biscotti) that she sells to various customers on a daily basis.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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