A loan of $825 helped to buy wool yarn to manufacture traditional women's clothes.

Luis's story

Luis is a 52-year-old, married man living in Sololá. He has seven children, five boys who work with him and two girls who do domestic chores. He’s a kind, hardworking man who manufactures traditional articles of clothing worn by indigenous women in the region.

With help from his children they support one another in this activity using the main work tools that’s called ‘telar’ (loom) where the yarn is placed to then make the clothes. He started this work 24 years ago when he noted that there were few manufacturers of this type of clothing and that its market price remains stable which means good profits and improved family economy.

He’s noticed that demand for these clothes has increased this season and he wants to invest capital in more raw materials. He’s thus asking for a 6,500 quetzal loan to buy wool yarn to manufacture a larger amount of clothes and earn higher profits.

His dream is to own a piece of land because he wants to build his children a house as well as give them the necessary support for their academic studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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