Total loan: $4,150

Florecitas 3 Group

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Chajul, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to plant bananas.

Florecitas 3 Group's story

María is 50 years old. At 12, she started weaving. Her parents did not give her the opportunity to study because, in those times, women did not have the opportunity to study. She got married at 23. She learned about Chajulense Association of Women United for Life and the credit opportunities because a friend talked with her. She and her husband decided to obtain a loan.

With her first loan, she began to buy and sell organic coffee. She could repay for loan and obtain 1,000 GTQ profit. With her second, third, and fourth loans, she began buying and selling maize, because the coffee plantations were affected by the coffee rust. With this year's loan, she will plant banana seedling.

The loans gave her the opportunity to contribute to her household.

Maria is the leader of Florecitas 3 Group, which includes six women, all from the Ixil Maya ethnicity. The group will use the loan for agriculture 66%, transportation 17%, and retail 17%. On average, each member has 4 children; the average age of the members is 37. Eighty-three percent are illiterate, and 17% ended their education in primary school.