A loan of $525 helped to buy wool thread for making traditional woven fabrics..


Lázaro's story

Don Lázaro is a 26-year-old gentleman who earns his living as a weaver. He is married and lives in Sololá with his wife and three children, two daughters (ages 5 and 3) and a six-month-old son.

Since he weaves for a living, Lázaro has two looms in his home that he uses to make traditional fabrics called “chalinas”. These are sold in different places and departments within the country. Lázaro and his wife work together and this trade is the primary source of income for their family. He learned this line of work from his grandparents. Lázaro received a basic school education and later decided to start his own business so that he could earn a good income. His business was started five years ago and now he has done very well.

He is need of more raw materials, but he does not have capital on hand. For this reason, Lázaro is requesting a loan of 4,000 GTQ to buy wool thread so that he can produce more woven fabrics. He and his wife dream of continuing to build up more capital in their business, acquiring more looms, and producing more traditional fabrics. They also want to provide their daughters with a better education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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