Total loan: $2,550

San Felipe Group

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Chajul, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to expand her business buying and selling fruits and vegetables.

San Felipe Group's story

Marina is 33 years old and was born in Guatemala City. Her childhood was very difficult; her parents divorced when she was eight years old. She began cleaning neighboring houses and factories to be able to stay and get ahead. At age 18 she got married, and came to live in her husband's village.

She started a small business selling fruits and vegetables.
A neighbor told her about the credits that the Chajulense Association of Women United for Life gave to women.

This year Marina will get her first credit, which she will invest in her business buying and selling fruits and vegetables. Her expectation is to expand it. She will be buying coconuts, cantaloupes, papayas, strawberries, bananas, apples, vespers, grapes, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, carrots and lemons.

Marina is very grateful for the support that the Chajulense Women's Association has given her.

Marina is the leader of San Felipe. The group is comprised of seven women, five from the Ixil Maya ethnicity and two from K’iche’ Maya ethnicity. The group will use their loan for textiles 57%, agriculture 29%, and retail 14%. On average, each member of the group has two children, and the average age of the group members is 32 years old. Within the San Felipe group, 15% are illiterate, 29% did not finish their primary education, 14% ended their Primary education, 14% studied to the ninth grade, 14% graduated from Secondary Education, 11th grade, and 14% graduated as Teacher, 12th grade.