A loan of $900 helped to buy threads and dyes to make jaspeado.

Valeriano's story

Don Valeriano is a man of 42. He is married and lives in Sololá together with his wife and their three children, two boys and a girl, who work with him, and one of them is in school and on the verge of finishing his course of study.

He makes different types of designs in threads, which are used in the typical women's clothing of his community and are called "jaspeado." He learned to do this work many years ago from some people who were able to teach him.

He is independent, working with his own capital for 21 years, along with his wife and his children. Seeing that his earnings are good, he wants to continue investing capital to continue making this type of product, because there is greater demand at this time of year.

He is applying for a loan of 7000 Q to expand his business, buying thread and dyes that he will use to make more jaspeado and obtain better earnings for his family.

His great dream is to see his son graduate from his course of study, since he has only one year left, so that living conditions in the future will improve.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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