A loan of $800 helped purchase yarn for weaving huipiles.

Joaquina's story

Joaquina B. B. is 27 and earns her monetary income by weaving beautiful Mayan huipiles, the traditional blouse the women wear in the mountains of western Guatemala. Weaving each huipil takes about two months' work, and she can sell one for almost US$200, making a profit of about US$150. As she has in her loans for the last few years, she'll invest in yarn for the weaving.

Two of Joaquina's four kids are in school, although she herself didn't make it past the second great and can only read a little bit (but she can sign her own name). Her husband works far away and she hasn't seen him for two years, but he faithfully helps with supporting the kids. Joaquina, however, has to take full responsibility for care of the kids. She's a member of the women's group "Flor de Nebaj".

Written by Nancy Lewis and Randy Fay, Kiva Fellows

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