A loan of $3,800 helped a member to purchase fabrics and a sewing machine for textiles.


Las Clavellinas Group's story

Las Clavellinas Trust Bank, named after the small carnations found in the region of Totonicapan in the western highlands of Guatemala, was formed four years ago by ten industrious women. These ladies have a variety of businesses including embroidery, meal preparation and sales, firewood sales, clothing stores, and convenience stores. They typically sell their products in Totonicapan City during the market days. Some members have established client lists with set orders. Felipa Batz is a member of Las Clavellinas Trust Bank. She is 31 years old and has five children, all of whom are in elementary school. Felipa has been a weaver for the last 15 years, a craft that she learned from her sisters. She is always at the forefront of fashion so that she can meet her clients’ needs. Felipa is an entrepreneur looking for new opportunities. She plans to use her loan to purchase more cloth and to buy a sewing machine in order to start a new business making aprons. Felipa normally works in the afternoons, since her children are home from school and they can help with the household chores. One of Felipa’s dreams is to grow her business to the point that she can have her own shop where she can sell her products to locals and nearby visitors. Felipa is very happy and proud that lenders around the world are supporting women like her and thanks them for helping make her dream a reality.

In this group: Catarina Florinda , Felipa Jesus , Virginia Luciana , Marta Maria , Veronica Guadalupe , Estela Marcelina , Francisca Consuelo , Benita*, Venancia Rosa , Blanca Iris *
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