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Total loan: $4,475

Las Florecitas 3 Group

Chajul, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy and sell coffee, maize and bananas.

Las Florecitas 3 Group's story

María is 50 years old. She has six siblings, and her parents were poor and worked as farmers. She is illiterate. She could not study because of the armed conflict in Guatemala.

Since she has memories, she always was working at her house. She also went to the mountain to help her parents along with her brothers, and made cloth to help her parents with something for family expenses.

She got married at the age of 19 and has nine children. She made traditional cloth to help her husband. He is farmer and his income is small. She worked because she wanted her children to study and contributed for them to graduate as teachers. Two of her children continue to study.

This year's credit is her sixth. She has invested her credits in buying and selling coffee and maize. This year she will invest her credit in buying coffee, maize and bananas. She says that she is satisfied with her business activity because the products sell well.

She is grateful for the Association because her credits let her finance her business activity, allowing her to help with the support of her family's expenses and with the children's studies.

María is the leader of Las Florecitas 3. The group is composed of six women; all are from the Ixil Maya ethnicity. The group will use their loan for textiles, 34%, agriculture, 33%, and retail, 33%.

On average, each member of the group has five children. The average age of the members of the group is 38 years old, and 67% are illiterate; 33% did not finish primary education.