Emilia Laime Vidal

La Imillia Knitting Group President

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Imanaya!  (Hello in Quechua, our native language).  Like many of the knitters, I began knitting as a child. My mother died when I was a baby and my father left the family, abandoning us.  I learned to knit so I could make sweaters for my two sisters so we would be able to stay warm.  We had very little money and it was difficult growing up.

I begin knitting professionally for a company in the city but they treated us badly giving us long hours and very little pay.  So I left and started La Imillia, a knitting cooperative that works with KUSIKUY to make export sweaters for customers around the world.