Total loan: $3,225

La Bendición 4 Group

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Chajul, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy a cart to sell Chicken and French fries.

La Bendición 4 Group's story

María is 28 years old, married with three children. She is the leader of the La Bendición Group 4. The group consists of four women, from Q’anjob’al Maya and Ladino ethnicities. The average age of the group members is 33 years old. On average, each member of the group has three children. A quarter of the group can read and write, while three-quarters are literate. The group will invest their loan evenly in food and agriculture.

As a child, Maria had been given the opportunity by her parents to study, however, she only obtained the fourth grade as she did not like to study. Maria began working as a domestic and cutting cardamom and coffee on a farm. At age 20, Maria got in contact with the Chajulense Association of Women United for Life which provides credit/loans and provided better support for her family.

This will be her seventh credit/loan. This year she will invest her credit in buying a cart to sell Chicken and French fries. In prior years, she invested her credit/loans in different business opportunities: raising pigs and chickens, starting a Farm Bakery, reinvesting and expanding the Bakery into a Grocery Store, and buying two horses, which allowed her husband to make freight trips.