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Maria Estela
María T. is 26 years old, married, and works as a merchant. “I purchase and sell traditional clothing for women,” she explains. She lives with her husband (who is also a merchant) and their son. For 4 years now María has run her business out of her home in Paraje Chuimenchú, in the Poxlajuj district of Totonicapán Department, Guatemala. These days her clientele's demand is increasing, but she is finding that she cannot increase her capital due to the current economic conditions. It is for this reason that María has requested a loan from the ASDIR Association (a local Kiva partner). She plans to use the loan to purchase more merchandise and thus to increase her sales. María hopes to be able to support her son and improve her family’s quality of life.
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Doña María T. cuenta con 26 años de edad, es casada de oficios Comerciante, “Compra y venta de ropas típicas para mujeres”, habita junto con su esposo y su hijo, ella y su esposo se dedican al mismo oficio, lleva 4 años en el comercio en su residencia que se encuentra en el Paraje Chuimenchú del Cantón Poxlajuj, del departamento de Totonicapán, Guatemala, actualmente la demanda de su clientela a crecido, pero las condiciones económicas en que se encuentra no son suficientes para que ella pueda aumentar su capital, por tal razón acudió a la Asociación ASDIR, a solicitar un préstamo, con la intención de comprar más mercadería y de esa manera poder aumentar sus ventas, esperando también poder sacar adelante a su hijo, y tener mejores condiciones de vida.

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About Asociación ASDIR

ASDIR (Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Rural - Association for the Development of Rural Communities) is a community-based organization that works to promote development in the villages and communities where it serves. It was founded in 1999 in the village of Nimasac, Totonicapán Department, by a handful of local men and women to support community projects and group loans. Today ASDIR has 5 offices across 3 departments (Totonicapán, Sololá and Suchitepéquez) serving more than 6,000 clients, most of them in rural communities.

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