A loan helped a member to buy thread to expand her traditional handmade fabrics activity.


San Felipe Group's story

Ana is 28 years old, in her childhood her parents gave her what she needed. Her father worked for many years as peasant, then he decided to continue his studies, and graduated as Teacher, 12th grade. Ana's mother weave typical tissue, and sold it to help with the family expenses.

She studied to the 12th grade, and graduated as Secretary. At the age of 22 she got married, she does housekeeping, and weave. She has 3 children.

A neighbor told her about the credit opportunities that Chajulense Association of Women United for Life offered for women.

This year she will get her second credit, both have been invested in purchasing thread to weave typical tissue. She also invests in buying, fattening and selling chicken, this activity let her cover the credit payments and let her sell the typical handmade fabrics at the best possible prices.

Ana says that the credits let her expand the traditional handmade fabrics activity, letting her help with the family expenses, especially, with the support to her children studies.

Ana is the leader of San Felipe 1, the group is integrated by 7 women, 6 from the Ixil Maya ethnicity and 1 from K’iche’ Maya ethnicity. The group will use their loan for textile 57%, food 29% and retail 14%. On average, each member of the group has 3 children, the average age of the members of the group is 34 years old. 50% are illiterate, 33% did not ended their primary education, and 17% graduated as Teacher of Primary Education, 12th grade.

In this group: Ana Beatriz, Ana, Ana Dorca, Ana Judith, Ana, Ana Patricia, Carmén Teresa


This loan is special because:

It's made through a grassroots organization- by the borrowers, for the borrowers.



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