A loan of $1,025 helped to buy wool.

Felisabel's story

Felisabel is an indigenous woman, well-versed in the ways and customs of her ancestors. She is independent and with her work she sustains her three-month-old baby.

Felisabel is 19 years old and thinks that at her age she has achieved many of her dreams, though she still lacks some, like seeing her textile production work grow, something she has been doing for as long as she can remember.

When she was a girl, she used to pick out knitted articles belonging to her family members, take them apart and make other articles of clothing with new designs. She says,"I used to entertain myself greatly knitting and, since I lacked material to knit, I used to take apart articles of clothing belonging to my grandparents and uncles and knit them again in another way...."

Felisabel knits by hand in the way she was taught by her grandmother when she was a child. She has a sales stall on the street where she displays her work as well as selling it. She is sure that her three-year-old daughter will follow in her footsteps and that together they will knit more clothing for sale and thus support themselves.

The birth of her baby entailed lots of expenses and, for this reason, Felisabel is requesting a loan to buy wool so that she can continue her knitting work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Livingston Sutro

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