This is My Story – Lucía Prado

11/03/2021 Blog

2021 is a very special year for BlueOrchard as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Throughout 2021 we will be sharing with you some of the encouraging entrepreneurial stories, personal dreams, and insights into the lives of families around the globe who are struggling and fighting against adversity every single day.

Our third story is about Lucía Prado.

Lucía Andrea Vega Prado is an artisan from one of the most important tourist areas in the north of the country, Catacaos, Peru.

She learned the art of straw weaving at a very young age and now has a small workshop installed in her home where sh makes purses, cups, and cup holders using palm, junco, and toquilla straw.


Lucía, please share your story. How did you learn to work with toquilla straw?

I have been making these products for many years. From a very young age, I watched my mother work with the toquilla straw so that she could sell products to support the family. This is a job that passed from generation to generation; my grandparents did it, then my mother, and now I teach it to my children.

Do you remember how your business started?

We did not have a market to sell our crafts, we had to go out to publicise our work and generate contacts. At the beginning. I had nothing, but gradually the business improved.

Find the full interview and other 11 stories in our anniversary book “This is My Story”, available on Amazon. From more than 200 million individual stories over the past 20 years, This Is My Story uncovers the stories of twelve entrepreneurs from four continents, who put a small amount of money to work in a big way.