Total loan: $3,800

Pera 1 Group

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Chajul, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy recycled beverage cans.

Pera 1 Group's story

Ana is 44 years old, she is married and has six children. She is illiterate, because her parents did not consider education important, they thought it was waste of time.

She began weaving when she was 10 years old, she was responsible for the housekeeping. She got married at the age of 15. Her husband worked as farmer, grew coffee and sold it, and she sold corn and tissues in order to help a little with the family expenses.

Her sister told her about the credit opportunities the Chajulense Association of Women United for Life offered. This year she will get her third credit: the first one she invested in recycling beverage cans, she bought them by pounds and sold by quintals. With her second credit she bought, fattened and sold cows.

With this year credit she will invest in her recycling activity, because she get good profits.

She is grateful with Chajulense Association of Women United for Life, because the credit opportunity has let her and her family get a better living.

Ana is the leader of Las Peras 1, the group is integrated by six women, five are from the Ixil Maya ethnicity, and one is from the K’iche’ Maya ethnicity. The group will use their loan for textile 67%, agriculture 17% and retail 16%. On average, each member of the group has 6 children, the average age of the members of the group is 36 years old. 66% are illiterate, 17% studied until the ninth grade, and 17% studied until the twelfth grade.