A loan of $5,925 helped a member to buy raw materials in bulk.


Las Manzanas Group's story

Ten very sympathetic and cheerful women belong to the "Las Manzanas" (the apples) group. They are located in a small neighborhood called Panimá, which is in Totonicapan, Guatemala. They describe their community as: "Totonicapán, land of apples, pines, and beautiful women." Totonicapán is one of the leading producers of popular Guatemalan crafts, which are in high demand because of their variety and quality. Las Manzanas is in its sixth loan cycle. Some of its members have stayed with the group and others are relatively new. An enthusiastic member of the group is Mrs. Santos. Her name is derived from the fact that she was born on Holy Thursday, a holy week in Guatemala. She is 62 years old and has nine children, three girls and six boys. Her business involves dying yarn. She purchases raw yarn, makes a variety of dyes. and produces finished yarn in different colors and in large quantities. She started her business 24 years ago when she learned it from her husband’s family. She has now taught her children the technique. Santos will use the loan to buy raw materials in bulk because the price is favorable. She has a good demand for her products. One of her main customers wants to have orders delivered every 15 to 20 days. This request is for a customer 3½ hours away from Santos's home. The demand makes Santos very happy because there are currently three people working for her business but if she has higher demand it might be a possible to employ more people. Santos is very thankful to all Kiva lenders for providing her with the opportunity to improve her business. The loans are not only helping the women because the profit that they make will also benefit their children. Las Manzanas is grateful to Kiva investors for the loans they are giving. Thanks to these microloans they can move forward. They are aware that the economic situation in the country and around the world is difficult and are thankful that people trust them and are allowing them to boost rural development.

In this group: Santos , Guadalupe Matilde , Vicenta Veronica , Mercedes Florinda , Rosa Candelaria , Silvia Paola , Lucia Antonia , Josefa Josefina , Ana Isabel , Silvia Antonieta , Pascuala Mercedes Faustina , Reyna
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