A loan of $2,300 helped a member to buy raw materials such as tule reeds, and pay for labor for the making of handicrafts.


Las Maravillas S.b. Group's story

Domitila is 60 years old. She is married, has two children, and lives in the municipality of Nispero, Santa Bárbara. For 40 years, Domitila has been engaged in handicrafts work, where she makes sleeping mats, wallets, bags, change purses, plain and decorated rugs; all made of tule reeds, as well junco reed work. She sells her output in the local market in the area, and is expanding to sell in other markets in other cities.

She carries on this business from her home, and has good demand, as there is tourism in the area. To keep this business going, she has applied to ODEF for several loans. This is her fourth loan, and she is going to invest it in the purchase of raw material, mainly the tule reeds that she uses to make her products, as well as to pay for the labor of the people who help her in the business. Her goal is to have a larger business, in order to grow, and increase her earnings.

She belongs to the "Las Maravillas" solidarity group, which is made up of three members who work in the same activity and live in the same community.

In the photo, the members can be identified as follows: on the left is Delia with a red blouse, next to her is Domitila, and on the right is Reina, wearing a purple blouse. The total of the group loan is 45,000 lempiras.

In this group: Domitila, Delia Izabel, Reina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie



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