Juana Ponce

 senior knitter

Hola, I live in the small, colonial town of Arani, Bolivia located an hour from the busy city of Cochabamba.  Here we quietly graze cows and grow corn, potatoes, wheat and organic vegetables on small 2 to 3 acre plots, all by hand.  My mama taught me to knit as a child.  I have been knitting professionally for 32 years.  I find being a knitter offers me great flexibility, I am able to be home with my 5 children and also care for our small farm.  I am proud of my oldest daughter, Cynthia who is now at the San Simon University studying industrial engineering.  Her knitting earnings helped me to support Cynthia to go to school.  Cynthis wull be the first college graduate in our family.