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Total loan: $1,800
Mujeres De Maiz Group
Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts
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Mujeres De Maiz Group's story
Reina V. is 44 years old and married. She didn't have the opportunity to go to school. She has 8 children; 2 are grown up and independent, but the other 6 are dependent on her. Reina has been separated from her husband for 8 years and struggles to proviD. for her children. She makes handmaD. artisan crafts (pants and saddle blankets). She has 24 years of experience with this kind of work. With enthusiasm and the desire to improve her life, as well as the help of her nieces and neighbors, Reina is organizing this group to request a loan. The community bank is called MUJERES D. MAÍZ (Women of Maize), a name chosen by the members because it refers to the local harvest. The group consists of 10 women who work in various activities such as raising livestock, making athletic clothing, and clothing sales. Reina will use the loan to buy fabric, which will increase her business and thus generate additional income. There is demand for her work but Reina hasn't been able to meet this demand due to lack of capital. With financing, she hopes to see her business grow and generate more income for her and her family.
Translated from Spanish by Vivian Lu, Kiva Volunteer