By Catherine Wehage | April 24, 2018

Maria Fernanda Shawls

Maria Fernanda Malcoaccha Nina was born in Chonta, a small, very remote town 2.7 miles above sea level. She is 14 years old. Maria began attending Casa Chapi Chivay four years ago and currently attends Casa Chapi Arequipa.

“When I was little I was sad because I only went to school sometimes. My dad did not want me to study because I was a girl. Then my mother took me to Arequipa. She worked as a maid so I could study, but I got sick.

Then my mother brought me to Casa Chapi and everything changed.

At first, I was afraid that my dad would come and get me out or make trouble. But he died. When I found out I felt sorry for him but I did not have that fear anymore.

Now my brother Angel is with me so I like that. I like everything about Casa Chapi, the Tias (aunts) and Tios (uncles) are good to me.

I have learned in life that even if there are difficulties, you have to fight very hard until you reach your goal.

I am very happy and sure, I am already in 8th grade in Casa Chapi Arequipa and I trust the aunts and I want to continue studying. I also want the other children who are with me to study and thank Tio Mike and Alejandro for everything.

I know some very poor children who are like me, it would be good to help them at Casa Chapi. I like Casa Chapi a lot because I am studying and learning many new things, like painting. I want to learn to paint better with new techniques. I think I can make it because I have patience.”

These limited-edition Kuna shawls were special ordered because of Maria’s talent and inspiration. She is a testament of the children that attend Casa Chapi and the opportunities it provides. If you are interested in ordering a shawl, click below.


Maria Fernanda Shawl $350 Maria Fernanda Print $25



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