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Total loan: $5,350

Las Florecitas 1 Group

Chajul, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to expand her grocery store buying soap, spaghetti, eggs, milk, cheese, cereals.

Las Florecitas 1 Group's story

Catarina is 35 years old. She remembers that when she was eight years old, she liked to play with her cousins, until suddenly her father got sick and then he was hospitalized for three months, and her situation changed. Her mother forced her to learn weaving. They needed to earn money and from that moment on she had difficulties.

She married at the age of 16, dedicated herself to her home and her family, and her husband supported her mother.

Her sister-in-law told her about Chajulense Association of Women United for Life, and the credit they offered.

She invested her first credit in buying and selling fertilizer, the second in buying and selling güipils

Since her third credit she has invested in a grocery store and this year she will invest in buying more products to sell.

Her credits let her support part of the family expenses. She enjoys working in the store, and considers that her work is not so hard as before.

Catarina is the leader of Las Florecitas 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 33%, food 17%, and retail 50%.

On average, each member of the group has three children. The average age of the members of the group is 33 years old. 33% are illiterate 17% did not end their primary education, 17% ended their primary education, and 33% studied until the ninth grade.