Juana Ponce

 senior kniter

Juana lives in the small, colonial town of Arani, Bolivia located an hour from the busy city of Cochabamba.  Here folks quietly graze cows and grow corn, potatoes, wheat and organic vegetables on small 2 to 3 acre plots, all by hand.  Juana's mother taught her to knit as a child.  She has now been knitting professionally for 32 years.  Juana finds being a knitter offers her great flexibility, she is able to be home with her children and also care for her small farm.  She is particularly proud of her oldest daughter, Cynthia who is now at the San Simon University studying industrial engineering.  Her knitting earnings helped her to support her daughter to go to college.