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Total loan: $2,125

Flor De Camarosa 1 Group

Cotzal, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy thread, rice, beans, corn, and wheat.

Flor De Camarosa 1 Group's story

Juana is 45 years old; she began working at the age of 8 years old, washing clothes. She and her two sisters did not want to do that work, so they went to work at a farm to cut coffee and cane. She did not study; her mother said that studying was just a hobby.

Juana married at the age of 20. In the beginning, they lived happily, but with the passage of time, her husband left her. She continued her life with her six children. Now they live happily.

This year she got her seventh credit. With the first three credits, she began buying and selling rice, beans, corn, and wheat. With her fourth and fifth credits, she began a brewery, and she learned that this business gave her good income. With her sixth and seven credits, Juana has invested part in rice, beans, corn, and wheat and part in typical tissue because she can help other women and give them work.

She will invest this year's credit in buying thread, rice, beans, corn, and wheat.

Juana is the leader of Flor de Camarosa 1. The group is composed of seven women; five are from the Ixil Maya ethnicity, one is from the K’iche’ Maya ethnicity, and one is from the ladino ethnicity. The group will use their loan for textile (57%), agriculture (29%), and food (14%). On average, each member of the group has three children, the average age of the group members is 36 years old. In addition, 14% are illiterate, 28% did not end their primary education, 28% ended their primary education, 14% studied to the seventh grade, and 14% are teachers of primary education (12th grade).