A loan of $1,500 helped to buy supplies to make suits for traditional folkloric dancers.

Mariano Felipe's story

Mariano is a 34 year-old married man who is the father of 2 children.

He shares his life with his wife, who is a dressmaker. His children attend elementary school and are involved in sports. Mariano is a tailor by profession; his specialty is making suits for the traditional folkloric dances. He also makes pants and suits. His wife is a stylist, and she makes women's dresses; she also works sewing and designing all types of suits. Together they have a sewing workshop. His work is well-known by the public, who come to him months before carnival, when they will wear the new costumes for the year. People start making their orders for next year's festival right after the current year's carnival festival ends.

Mariano's work is rigorous, and he takes part in the work of clothing hundreds of dancers who year after year come to the city of Oruro to demonstrate their devotion to the Virgin of Socavon. Year after year, he has suffered from the same problem: a lack of financial capital to buy the supplies such as fabrics, sequins, synthetic feathers, etc. "Every year we struggle to get the money we need to buy our supplies, and many times we can't finance it and we lose work," comments Mariano.

Mariano wants to expand his customer base to raise his production and thereby increase his income in order to give his children a better future. This is why he is requesting a loan to buy supplies to make traditional folkloric suits.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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