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Alejandra
Alejandra weaves huipiles (the typical dress of Guatemala women) by hand and raises chickens, ducks, and turkeys. She has woven since she was a little girl, but with more simple patterns. Five years ago she began to weave really detailed and fancy huipiles, such as for weddings. These cost a lot to weave, not only in terms of thread, but also, more than anything, in terms of time. She works for up to two or three months on one huipil, but she can sell them in the city of Antigua Guatemala for 3,000 to 3,700 Guatemala Quetzals (US$400-500), depending on the quality and level of detail. Alejandra is very talented and weaves very beautiful huipiles.


She is requesting this loan to purchase more thread for weaving her huipiles and to buy more chickens and turkeys, food for them, and medicine to prevent illnesses. She also would like to make improvements to the shelter where she keeps them, such as constructing better walls and buying more corrugated tin to better protect them from the rain. Right now she has one cow in addition to a bunch of chickens, ducks, and turkeys. When they are big she takes them to the market in the nearby city of San Martin Jilotepeque for sale.


Alejandra is married and her husband works in construction in Guatemala City. They have six children ranging in age from six to twenty-one years old. All of her children have studied or are currently studying, but only up to the sixth grade because of a lack of economic resources. Her oldest son just got married in February and, while this was a very happy occasion, it cost a lot, so this loan would help Alejandra a lot right now, as resources are currently a little tight. This is her first loan with FAPE and she is really excited to have the opportunity to invest in her businesses. She notes that if she doesn’t have thread, she can’t work, so she needs this loan right away to help her continue working.


Alejandra has many dreams for her businesses and her family. She wants to expand her businesses enough to increase her income to be able to pay for more school for her children and to be able to buy more necessities for them, such as shoes and better clothing. More than anything she dreams that her children study, find jobs, prosper, and get ahead in life.


Translated from Spanish by Megan Montgomery, Kiva Fellow.


Alejandra teje güipiles (el vestido típico de mujeres en Guatemala) a mano y cría pollos, patos, y chompipes. Ha tejido desde chiquita, pero con diseños más sencillos. Hace cinco años, empezó a tejer güipiles muy detallados y elaborados, como para bodas. Estos cuestan mucho para tejer, no solo en términos de hilo sino, más que nada, en tiempo. Ella trabaja por hasta dos o tres meses en un güipil, pero los puede vender en la ciudad de Antigua Guatemala por 3.000 a 3.700 Quetzales Guatemaltecos (aproximadamente $400-500), dependiendo de la calidad y nivel de detalle. Alejandra tiene mucho talento y sus güipiles son bellísimas.


Está pidiendo este préstamo para comprar más hilo para tejer güipiles y para comprar más pollos y chompipes, comida para ellos, y medicinas para ellos para prevenir enfermedades. También tiene ganas de mejorar el refugio donde guarda los pollos, como con unas vallas mejores y más lámina para protegerlos de la lluvia. Ahora tiene un ganado además que varios pollos, patos, y chompipes. Cuando están grandes, los lleva al mercado en la ciudad cercana San Martin Jilotepeque.


Ella es casada y su esposo trabaja como albañil en la ciudad capital de Guatemala. Tienen seis hijos de edades desde seis a veintiuno años. Todos sus hijos han estudiado o están estudiando, pero solamente hasta el sexto básico por falta de recursos económicos. Su hijo más grande acaba de casarse en Febrero, y aunque este era una ocasión muy feliz, costó mucho, entonces ahora este préstamo la ayudaría muchísimo en este momento, porque tiene pocos recursos ahora. Este es su primer préstamo de FAPE, y está muy emocionada de tener la oportunidad de invertir en sus negocios. Dice que si no tiene hilo, no puede trabajar, entonces necesita el préstamo ahorita para ayudarle en seguir trabajando.


Alejandra tiene muchos sueños para sus negocios y para su familia. Quiere crecer sus negocios bastante para aumentar sus ganancias para pagar para más estudios para sus hijos y para comprar más necesidades como zapatos y ropa mejor. Ella sueña que, más que nada, sus hijos estudien, encuentren empleo, prosperen, y sigan adelante.

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
  • 71
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $9,872,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.5
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Alejandra to purchase thread for weaving huipiles; to buy chickens and turkeys, food for them, and medicine to prevent illnesses.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Aug 21, 2008
Listed
Aug 7, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Sep 15, 2009