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Effort Leads to Succes

A visionary man, he dedicated several years to improving his products to make them better than his competitors, in quality, beauty and price.

Lucio Mamani

It is an incredible story of Lucio Mamani, a true innovative Peruvian Andean businessman; his trajectory is the example that many entrepreneurs must follow, as a  way to achieve success and personal and collective satisfaction as a result of work.

Knowing how to find the common thread of a process that let him to lead an entire production chain has had many obstacles: certainly, reaching the top is a very difficult task and you need to be trained and have a lot of intuition to overcome the difficulties in your life to the just desire to achieve dreams.

Born at 4000 meters above sea level, in the peasant community of Antauta (Puno); In a peasant family with six brothers dedicated to raising the alpaca as the only source of income, it determined that Lucio knew the secrets of raising this noble camelid and then became familiar with the wool business and its subsequent use in the textile, artisan manufacturing industry.

At the age of 12 he went to study in Puno and had the opportunity to work with a neighbour who made alpaca garments, so, once he learned the technique, and with his savings he bought a weaving machine. That giant step helped him in his studies and improved the family economy, since he and his brother made the production that the mother sold.

To complement his knowledge, he skillfully studied production mechanics at SENATI, which gave him an extraordinary ability to innovate and improve his business.

Another important step in his life was raising capital, a goal he achieved by working in a mine and saving his income.

In 1998, he meets his future wife and life partner: Mery Yucra, they got married and he is forced to return to the mine to get a new capital, with which he managed to implement a well-equipped workshop, with several operators and a store in the tourist district of San Blas, an unbeatable place for selling and making contacts abroad.

A visionary man, he dedicated several years to improving his products to make them better than his competitors, in quality, beauty and price. Orders were not long in coming in 2003, when he started the thriving business of exporting native-designed ponchos to England.

Since 2014, he has been supplying exclusive clients in the United States, and then together with a young American businessman, begins one of the great transformations of his life in production: to focus his products to the young public between 20 and 30 years of age. This paradigmatic innovation makes multiply exponentially the scale of his production so, he need to improve productive infrastructure and has to expand the number of operators, as well as strengthen its productive chain with which it managed to work with more than 80 families in the peasant communities of Ocongate; not only for the collection of wool, but for the washing, carding and handmade spinning of alpaca fiber, which gives the product a unique added value.

Aware of the poverty situation in which the “alpaca raisers” live, he dreams of helping them to improve, making them more technical, with the use of simple machinery to help them perform their work better. Lucio, by himself, as a mechanic, has innovated the processes with machines of his invention. But, weaving is his passion, and he has inherited that passion to his two daughters. They now are studying  international fashion and business administration.

In his entrepreneurial ideology he considers that you have to want to grow as an entrepreneur; possess the skill of personal organization and cultivate responsibility at work, even with sacrifice.

And the awards and recognitions were immediate:

In 2018 PROMPERÚ, granted him the recognition as the Best Regional Exporting Company, valuing the just merit of its efforts.

In 2020, DIREPRO, awards him with the recognition of the Best Entrepreneurial Company in times of Pandemic.

Lucio, with his natural modesty and simplicity, has shown in an exemplary way, what perseverance and the ideal are worth, not only to get out of poverty, but also to achieve that a significant number of people find work and improve the conditions of their lives. own families.