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Maria Telma
Maria is only 24 years old but is very ambitious and already has several businesses. These include weaving huipiles (traditional embroidered dress), raising pigs and chickens, and selling pots and pans. She is requesting this loan to buy thread to use in weaving huipiles, which she does by hand, to purchase chickens to raise and sell, and to buy pots and pans to sell. She has 16 years of experience weaving huipiles and has raised animals for 9 years. Maria lives in a rural and remote village and spends most of her time working at her house. She can weave two huipiles in a month and she takes them to the city of Chimaltenango where she can sell them for 400-425 Guatemala Quetzals (about US$55-60) each. She also takes her chickens to Chimaltenango to sell when they are grown. Most of her pots and pans sales are in her own village. She buys them by the box for 320 Guatemalan Quetzals (US$43) and sells them for 600-650 Quetzals (US$80-88).

This is her first loan with FAPE, although she has received other loans before from another bank. She is happy to have the opportunity to invest in her businesses and hopes that they will continue growing. Maria has 4 children, who range from 5 months to 5 years old. She dreams that she can move forward and that her children will have better lives. She also wants to buy more land to someday leave to her children.

Translated from Spanish by Megan Montgomery, Kiva Fellow.

Maria solamente tiene 24 años, pero es muy ambiciosa y ya tiene varios negocios: el tejido de huipiles, la crianza de marrones y pollos, y la venta de bahías. Está pidiendo este préstamo para comprar hilo para usar en el tejido de huipiles que hace a mano, para comprar pollos para criar y vender, y para más bahías para vender. Ella tiene 16 años de experiencia en tejer los huipiles y ha criado animales por nueve años. Maria vive en un cantón rural y retirada y pasa la mayoría de su tiempo trabajando de la casa. Puede tejer dos huipiles en un mes, y los lleva a la ciudad Chimaltenango donde los puede vender por 400-425 Quetzales (aproximadamente $55-60) cada uno. También lleva los pollos a Chimaltenango para venderlos cuando están grandes. La mayoría de sus ventas de bahías están en su propio cantón. Las compra en caja por 320 Quetzales ($43) y las vende por 600-650 Quetzales ($80-88).

Este es su primer préstamo con FAPE, aunque ha recibido otros préstamos antes de otro banco. Está contenta de tener la oportunidad de invertir en sus negocios y espera que sigan creciendo. Maria tiene 4 hijos de 5 meses a 5 anos. Sueña que se supere y que sus hijos tuvieren vidas mejores. También quiere comprar más terreno para, algún día, dejar a sus hijos.

Additional Information

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
  • 110
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $10,803,625
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.5
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $675 helped Maria Telma to buy thread to use in weaving huipiles, to purchase chickens to raise and sell, and to buy pots and pans to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 7, 2008
Jul 24, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2009