Total loan: $3,450

Camarosa 2 Group

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Chajul, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to expand her business buying salt and sugar.

Camarosa 2 Group's story

Juana lived her childhood with her mother and grandparents. Her parents got divorced when she was five years old. She wanted to help her mother in her business of buying and selling salt and sugar. They walked to other villages for more than two hours.

She got married at the age of nineteen. Her husband was jealous, controlling, and he mistreated her. She decided to separate from him. At the age of 28, she decided to marriage another person, so that she could rebuild her life. To her surprise, her new husband consumed too much liquor. He beat her, she decided again to divorce him, and to begin a new life with her children support.

She obtained her first credit in 2012, she invested her first two credits to retake the wholesale salt and sugar business that belongs to her and her mother. The third and four credits, she invested in the manufacturing of güipiles. For her fifth credit she will invest in her salt and sugar business, and in a commodity store.

Juana is the leader of the group Flor Camarosa 2. The group is composed of six women, four from the Ixil Maya ethnicity and two from the Quiché Maya ethnicity. The group will use their loans for 50% agriculture, textile 17%, and retail 33%. On average each member of the group has 5 children, the average age of the members of the group is 47 years old. 83% of the members of the group are illiterate, and 17% finished their primary education.