A loan of $5,625 helped a member to maintain maxan leaves.

Grupo Pasac Group's story

Domingo (in the center of the photo with the maroon t-shirt), 42, is married and lives in Sololá. He has six children, two daughters and four sons. One works independently and the rest work in the fields and in the home. He works growing and maintaining maxan leaves (a leaf that is used in Guatemalan cooking to stuff foods - see the background of the photo). He grows this crop naturally, using organic fertilizer and practices that don't put nature at risk. In this way, he is kind to the environment.

He learned this skill alongside his father because it is one of the most common activities in the region. He decided to grow his own crop, first buying a plot of land one kilometer from his home. He has eight years of experience working independently. He sells his product in the local market, and because his income is good, he wants to keep investing money to expand his crop. As the representative of this group, he is applying for a loan to expand his crop, buy organic fertilizer, buy supplies for the next planting, and pay the workers who prepare the soil. His dream is to be able to buy another plot in the future and continue to expand his crop and earn more money for his household. The other members of the group work in the same activity, growing and maintaining maxan leaves. It is one of the main economic activities in the region.

In this group: Domingo, Mateo, Manuel, Manuel, Manuel, Gerardo Borromeo, Juana, Antonia, Maria

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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