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Jun 15, 2016 10:40 AM ET

Archived: Bolivia: A loan of $1,475 helps Miriam to purchase wholesale vicuña wool to hand weave garments.

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 15, 2016



El Alto, Bolivia / Weaving



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Miriam’s story

Miriam is a young woman, age 21. She is single, without children, and her business is weaving vicuña shawls.

She battles poverty and inequality daily, and when a solution can no longer be found, she begins to pray for fortitude. She carries out her business in the zone, “cruce villa Adela”, where the crossroads leading to remote villages on the Altiplano are found.

Miriam has a tender and charming expression. Every word or phrase that she utters is like a poem of grace and friendship, because her maternal tongue is Aymara, which she practices with family members, speaking Spanish for daily life. She lives in her parents’ house, which they own. It is built of adobe and has potable water, electricity, and a sewer system. Her business is weaving shawls, an occupation that she learned from her mother. The shawls that she makes are designed in the style of the paceña woman [from La Paz]. She uses vicuña wool and a loom to carry out her work, which is in the “aguayo” [traditional Andean] style. The woven shawls have vicuña macrame borders, and she decorates them with rosettes, to denote the Andean flowers. She says, “I like working in my house because my loom is here. . .”

Her business is successful because garments made of vicuña wool are in great demand. The advantage of her business is that she works at home, and the disadvantage is the lack of wool. Her dream is to open her own shop. She wants to purchase vicuña wool at wholesale. This is her first loan cycle with the institution in the one year that she has been doing this work.

For these reasons, Miriam is requesting a loan to purchase wholesale vicuña wool to hand weave garments.





Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanora Brennan View original language description


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About Emprender:

Emprender has been working in Bolivia since 1999. It is dedicated to becoming a key tool in the development of its clients and the improvement of their quality of life. Operating in three of Bolivia’s major cities – La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz – Emprender offers both urban and rural clients the opportunity to obtain financial products tailored to fit their needs and businesses. These products include housing loans, salary loans, “opportunity” (short-term) loans, and higher education loans. To better the quality of life for its clients and non-clients through non-financial services, Emprender offers free medical consultations and health classes given by trained doctors.


A loan of $1,475 helps Miriam to purchase wholesale vicuña wool to hand weave garments.




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