Total loan: $3,275

Melissa 3 Group

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Chajul, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy threads and weave huipils with her daughter's help.

Melissa 3 Group's story

María is 35 years old; she did not had the opportunity of study because of her family's economic limitations. When she was a girl, she helped her mother with the domestic works, and she took the lunch to her father who was woking in a farm.

She joined her partner when she was 13, and they lived together for eight years. They had two daughters, but one passed away. She lived seven years working and taking care of her daughter, and then she met her current partner. They have three children. Her partner works as a construction worker, and she weave sand sells huipils (traditional garments) to sustain their family.

A friend told her about the opportunity of credits for women, that Chajulense Association of Women United for Life offered.

This year she will get her first credit, she will invest in buying threads and weave huipils with her daughter's help.

María is the leader of Melissa Group 3; the group is integrated by eight women, all from the Ixil Maya ethnicity. The group will invest their loan for textiles 50%, agriculture 12%, construction 12%, and retail 26%. On average, each member of the group has two children. The average age of the members of the group is 33 years of age. 74% are illiterate, 13% did not ended their primary education, and 13% studied to the twelfth grade.