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Marta Alicia
Since she was very young, Marta has worked alongside her family in the production of candles. In addition she makes and sells clothes such as güipiles (traditional Guatemalan weavings) with specific designs from the area of San Pedro.

She originally started making and selling candles in San Pedro, where she lives, but then began to sell them in nearby towns like Chimaltenango, Pachalum, and San Antonio Aguas Calientes. When she has time, she always weaves at home.

As her business has grown, Marta sees the potential that more capital can offer. In spite of the economic situation, she has continued working hard and struggling, although her candle workshop still lacks many things. With her loan she will invest in purchasing materials such as wax, the basic material used to make the candles.

In addition, the cost of the thread that she uses to make the güipiles has risen. She would like to use part of her loan to purchase thread in bulk so that she has enough materials to meet the demands of her clients who continue to place orders. Her goal is to continue moving forward so that she can provide for her children and improve their situation day by day.

Translated from Spanish by Andrea Bouch, Kiva Fellow


Doña Marta desde muy pequeña junto a su familia se dedican a la elaboración de candelas y veladoras también a la venta y elaboración de tejidos como güipiles San Pedranos. El tejido siempre lo hace en casa. El negocio elaborar y vender las candelas lo inicio en el pueblo de San Pedro donde ella vive, pero luego empezó en otros pueblos como Chimaltenango, Pachalum, y San Antonio Aguas Calientes. Por tal motivo ve la necesidad de mas capital, a pesar de la situación económica siguen luchando pero faltan muchas cosas aun para invertir en el taller donde fabrican las candelas y veladores, necesita mas capital para comprar parafina que es el material básico para las candelas. También el hilo para los güipiles ha subido por tal motivo desea comprar mas ya que siempre sus manos no han descansado en hacerlos ya que tiene clientes que le hacen pedidos a quienes entrega lo que piden. Su meta es salir adelante para que sus hijos tengan lo necesario y que pueda mejorar cada día.

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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

  • $4,155
    Average annual income
  • 75
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $8,362,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 8.1
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,125 helped Marta Alicia materials for candle-making and weaving.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 26, 2009
Listed
Mar 27, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Nov 15, 2010