A loan of $400 helped to buy wool.

Elvia's story

Elvia is 35 years old and she has 6 children who are between the ages of 17 and 2 years old. They live in a rented house in the district of San Pedro de Cajas – Tarma.

She has been through some difficult times. One of them was the separation from her husband. Now she is feeling better and with more motivation to work for her children. She makes weavings by hand on looms. She has been doing this work for more than 10 years. During this time she learned better strategies to sell her products more quickly. One of them is the uniqueness of her designs and the variety of the items that she makes, such as pullover sweaters, ponchos, gloves, hats, and shawls. She makes them with different qualities of wool. She also makes blankets, which is what earns her the greatest income. “I make 5 blankets per month and I sell them for use in Cerro de Pasco (a city with a very cold climate),” she explains. But to do this, she has to invest $35.00 per kilo of alpaca wool.

Thanks to her characteristic optimism, she can sell her products for use in cities like Lima, Huancayo, and Ayacucho. In this way she is able to provide her children with a decent quality of life. And, since she isn’t a woman who just conforms to her situation, she also works in agriculture. She plants potatoes and high-quality maca [a traditional food and medicinal plant], since the soil in her area is rich in minerals.

This will be her second loan with Microfinanzas Prisma, and she says she will be punctual with her monthly repayments. She likes the other members of her communal bank, “Mujeres al Futuro,” because they are responsible and support one another.

Elvia will use the requested money to buy several kilograms of alpaca wool to make pullover sweaters, shawls, and blankets. She will also buy skeins of synthetic wool to make other items.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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