Total loan: $2,625

Canela 1 Group

Chajul, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy thread to expand her business weaving huipils.

Canela 1 Group's story

%Catarina is 44 years old. When she was two years old her parents divorced. She was raised by her mother, but their economic constraints did not let her study, so she is illiterate. Her mother went out to look for work, and she stayed at home to take care of her siblings, do domestic work, cook and get firewood. She learned to weave to help her mother with family expenses.

She got married at the age of 19. Her first child was born a year later, and she has six children. She weaves huipils to help with her family expenses.

Her sister told her about the credits for women that were given by Chajulense Association of Women United for Life. This year she will get her first credit and she will buy thread to weave huipils.

Catarina is the leader of Canela 1. The group is integrated by seven women, all from the Ixil Maya ethnicity. The group will use their loan for 86% textile and 14% agriculture. On average, each member of the group has three children, and the average age of the members of the group is 26 years old. 29% are illiterate, 29% did not finish their primary education, 14% finished their primary education, 14% studied to the eighth grade and 14% graduated as a teacher of primary education, 12th grade.