Ana is a single mother who lives with her 2 children and her visually impaired father in “Luz y Alegria,” a community for blind people and their families in Arequipa, Peru. It is here that Ana opened her knitting workshop. She currently provides work for the people in her community, allowing them to help support their families.
Ana’s workshop produces mostly hand knit clothing. She is well known for her creativity and is always coming up with new hand knit designs and thinking of different ways to use the scraps and leftovers from garments to make new, hand-knit creations.
Ana received two Kiva loans, using microfinance to expand her workshop possibilities. With the first, she purchased a linking machine. The second she used to acquire a gauge 3 knitting machine. This gave Ana the ability to create finer, lighter knits in her workshop, extending the fair trade projects that she and her workers are assigned so that they can work throughout the year.
We invite you to learn about the skilled artisan who made your clothing. Scan the Fair Trace Tool™—a QR Code located on the back of every INDIGENOUS hang tag—to learn about the artisans who made the sweater, skirt, top, or pants you purchased. Because everything you own was made by a real, living, dreaming person.