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Lucia is a 60 year-old woman who is married and lives in Suchitepéquez. She has 3 children: 1 man and 2 women who are all married.

In spite of her age, she wants to keep working with her husband so that they can improve the living conditions of their family. Lucia has a business selling traditional women's clothing of the type that is worn in her region. She carries out this business from her house, because her customers know her and they come to her house to buy.

She started in business 10 years ago, initially selling prepared food. This helped her to accumulate some capital. Later she got into the clothing business, because these products keep their value and leave her with good earnings.

During the current season she has seen the demand for traditional clothing increase, and so she is seeking a loan of 7,000 Guatemalan quetzales to buy more women's clothing so that she will have the variety, styles and sizes to satisfy her customers.

Lucia dreams in the future of continuing to expand her business, or perhaps of starting up another type of business to increase her family's income.
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Doña Lucia es una mujer de 60 años de edad ella esta casada y vive en Suchitepéquez. Ella tiene tres hijos 1 varón y 2 mujeres las cuales ya están casados.
A pesar de su edad ella quiere seguir trabajando junto a su esposo mejorando las condiciones de vida de su familia. Ella se dedica a la venta de ropa típica femenina de las que usan en su región esto lo realiza desde su casa ya que los clientes ya la conocen y la buscas hasta donde vive.
Empezó esta actividad hace 10 años iniciando con una venta de alimentos preparados esto la ayudo a reunir mas capital y luego inicio con la venta de ropa ya que mantienen los precios dejando una ganancia buena.
Por la temporada del año ha visto que la demanda de la ropa típica aumenta de esta manera ella solicita un préstamo de Q 7,000.00 para comprar mas ropa típica femenina teniendo variedad, estilos y tamaños para que sus clientes estén satisfechos con lo que compran.
Ella sueña que en un futuro pueda seguir ampliando su negocio o a lo mejor emprender otro tipo de negocio mejorando sus ingresos para la familia.

Additional Information


ADICLA (Association for the Holistic Development of the Basin of Lake Atitlán) is nonprofit rural community development association that provides small loans and services to improve quality of life in two of the poorest regions of Guatemala, home to large indigenous populations. Kiva funding will be used to support three innovative credit initiatives: youth business loans, green loans, and smaller loans to help ADICLA move down-market and serve poorer clients.

About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 69
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $12,593,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.8
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $900 helped Lucia to buy traditional clothing to increase her sales.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 16, 2012
Nov 7, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2014