Total loan: $3,925

Melissa 2 Group

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Chajul, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to expand her fried chicken business by purchasing chicken, a new cart and fixing their commercial location.

Melissa 2 Group's story

Jacinta is 28 years old. During her childhood, she was taught to weave and began to help her mother with the household chores and family sales of herbs and fruits, that were produced at home. She is illiterate and her parents couldn't support her.

At seventeen she joined her husband. The first years were difficult they had a reduced income. She became aware of the credits that Chajulense Association of Women United for Life offered.

They invested their first loan in buying a cart, chicken, potatoes, sodas, oil and they began selling fried chicken and fries. This year she will invest her seventh loan to expand her fried chicken business and fix their commercial place.

Jacinta is the leader of Melissa Group 2, the group is formed by 6 women, all from the Ixil Maya ethnicity. The group will invest their loan for textiles (49%), agriculture (17%), construction (17%), and food (17%). On average, each member of the group has 4 children, the average age of the members of the group is 38 years old. Three of the six are illiterate, one did not finish their primary education, one completed their primary education, and one studied to the seventh grade.