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Zoila Isabel
Zoila Isabel G. M. is 54 years old. She started her business twenty years ago when her mother gave her a small pig that she fattened, butchered, and sold for the meat. With her earnings she bought a larger pig and started her business as a result. Now she sells chicharrones, pork, and chorizo sausage. She also makes chuchitos (cornmeal dumplings with a meat filling, similar to tamales). Her customers know her well and come to her house to buy these products.

She is requesting this loan so that she can take advantages of these months for buying more pigs. She has enough orders for meat products and needs sufficient capital to acquire these animals, which can cost between 1200 to 1500 GTQ each.

Sra. Zoila has eight children, but only two of her daughters are single and still live with her. They are learning the business while helping their mother. Zoila says she is happy to teach them a trade that can help them in the future. She wants to invest her capital well so that she can save some of her earnings and build up some nice equity over time.

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ZOILA ISABEL G. M. tiene 54 años de edad inicio con su negocio desde que tenia 20 años con la ayuda de su mama, quien le había regalado un cerdo pequeño que ella engordò, para luego destazarlo y vender la carne. Con las ganancias de la venta de la carne compró un cerdo grande y así fue como se inicio en el negocio, actualmente vende chicharrones, carne de cerdo, chorizos y también se dedica a hacer chuchitos, ya sus clientes saben donde buscarla y llegan a su casa para comprar. Ella solicita este crédito ya que quiere aprovechar estos meses para comprar por lo màs cerdos, ya que tiene bastante pedido de carne y necesita tener suficiente capital para poder adquirirlos ya que cada uno puede costar de Q.1,200.00 a Q. 1,500.00.

La señora Zoila tiene 8 hijos, pero ya solo 2 de sus hijas están solteras y viven con ella, ellas dos también están aprendiendo el negocio mientras que le ayudan a su mamá, ella dice que se siente contenta al enseñarles un oficio que les pueda ayudar a sus hijas y quiere invertir bien su capital para poder aprovechar las ganancias que obtenga de sus ventas ya que a ella siempre le ha gustado ahorrar, quiere ahorrar y que después de un tiempo ya tenga un bonito capital propio.

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About FAPE

FAPE, the Foundation for the Assistance of Small Businesses, is a nonprofit, socially-minded institution that provides loans to micro-entrepreneurs across Guatemala.

About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 95
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $9,959,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 8.3
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $625 helped Zoila Isabel buy more pigs to butcher.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 24, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2010