Total loan: $4,075

Hortensias 3 Group

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Chajul, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to expand her business activities by buying wheat flour, yeast, sourdough, salt, pork, and chicken meat.

Hortensias 3 Group's story

María Victoria is 42 years old. She grew up with her parents who took care of her.

She never had the opportunity of studying, since she traveled to another area of the country when she was 8 years old. She began to work on a farm. Her parents did not have the resources to buy school supplies. She is her parents' first child.

She got married at the age of 15. Her first son was born when she was 16; she has 6 children.

Her mother told her about the opportunity of getting a loan from Chajulense Association of Women United for Life. This year she will get her seventh loan.

With the first loan she built an oven to bake and sell bread. The second loan she invested in buying and selling chicken. She used her third credit to buy and sell pork meat. Her fourth loan was used to buy a cart, to sell pork meat. With this year's credit, she will invest to expand her business activities, buying wheat flour, yeast, sourdough, salt, pork, and chicken meat.

María Victoria is the leader of Hortensias Group 3. The group is comprised of 5 women, 2 from the Ixil Maya ethnicity and 3 from the Ladino ethnicity. The group will invest their loan in retail (20%) and agriculture (80%). On average, each member of the group has 3 children. The average age of the members of the group is 32 years old. 80% are illiterate, and 20% have a primary education.