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Total loan: $2,750

Melissa 4 Group

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Chajul, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to expand her business by buying sugar, pasta, cereal, chicken meat, soft drinks, pastas, and soap to sell.


Melissa 4 Group's story

Rosa is 63 years old, She was four years old when her father died during the Guatemalan armed conflict. She and her sister had a difficult childhood. Because of a shortage of the family economic resources, they asked the people in the neighborhood for used clothes, to be able to get dressed.


She got married when she was 18 and they have eight children.

This year she will get her fifth loan. With her first loan she started a small grocery store. Sshe has invested all her loans in her store, including this year's loan. She is grateful to the Chajulense Association of Women United for Life because each year her store continues growing. This year she will expand her business by buying sugar, pasta, cereal, chicken meat, soft drinks, pastas, and soap.

Rosa is the leader of Melissa Group 4. The group has six women, all from the Ixil Maya ethnicity. The group will invest their loan for textile 50%, agriculture 33%, and retail 17%. On average, each member of the group has four children. The average age of the members of the group is 39 years old. Some 66% are illiterate, 17% ended their primary education, and 17% studied to the ninth grade.