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Total loan: $4,575

Mujeres De Río Azul 3 Group

Nebaj, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Entertainment

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A loan helped to expand her business by purchasing more video game machines.

Mujeres De Río Azul 3 Group's story

Petrona is 47 years old. She is illiterate, married, and has 9 children. Her father died when she was 5 because of the armed confrontation between the army and the guerrillas. She was raised by her mother. There were only the two of them, and life was difficult with a lot of scarcity.

Petrona got married at the age of 18. At home, she weaved and raised chickens and pigs. She did these activities to help her husband with the household expenses. He is a peasant.

Petrona invested her first loan in buying chicken and pigs. Her second and third loans she invested in buying thread to weave and sell huipiles. (Huipiles are traditional garments for Guatemalan women.) With her fourth loan, Petrona invested in buying video game machines. Now, with this loan, Petrona will expand her business by purchasing more video game machines. Petrona travels to different communities where there are fairs.

She says that because of her credit opportunities, Petrona has been able to have businesses with good profits, which thereby enables to her to support her family and her children's studies.

Petrona is the leader of Río Azul 3. This group is composed of five women. Four are from the Ixil Mayan ethnicity, and one is from the Ladino ethnicity. The group will use their loan for agriculture (40%), textiles (20%), entertainment (20%), and food (20%). On average, each member of the group has 3 children. The average age of the group's members is 37 years old. Three of the women are illiterate, one has studied to the ninth grade, and one woman obtained her title of Teacher, 12th grade.