Emilia Laime Vidal
La Imillia Knitting Group President
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.