Maria Chuquichampi Tapara is a member of the Nueva Esperanza Weaving Association. She thinks she was born sometime between the years of 1947 and 1952 in Parobamba. Maria is a widow whose husband died when her daughter was a baby. Her daughter now weaves and takes care of her own family. Maria did not go to school and only speaks Quechua. She remembers as a child having to walk to the community of Amparaes (four hours away by foot) with donkeys and alpacas to get essentials (salt, sugar, coca leaves). She also remembers not working with money, but instead exchanging and bartering with salt, sugar, and matches. She now spends most of her days taking care of her animals and farm, cooking, and weaving. She also takes care of her aging parents, as well as her sister and baby niece, both of whom have special needs. Maria learned to weave as a small child, taught by her mother and grandmother. She wasn't in school, so she needed an activity to do. She continues to weave because she can create beautiful colours and patterns in her clothing. Her favourite product to weave is the traditional shawl. She uses her profits to buy products such as rice, sugar, and salt. She prefers to weave big symbols as she can see them easier, due to her poor eyesight. She faces many challenges, including her many competing tasks, her aging body, and the pains in her arms and shoulders from weaving for so many years. Maria wants the world to know that she desires to “rest in peace,” since her body no longer works as it once did and she is in pain. She is very tired, going blind, and believes she will only have rest once she has passed on. In the Andes, death is simply a part of life, and the next natural step when one is ready; it is the process of stepping into another world.