A loan of $400 helped to purchase beads and thread to produce her products.

María Elena's story

María is 23 years old and lives with her three sons in the small village of La Cumbre, in the Concepción municipality of Sololá.

María works from home and has a business producing hand crafted items such as belts, ceramic beaded bracelets and a variety of embroidery, which are used in her community. She learned her trade when she was very young and now has 10 years of experience with these types of crafts, which generates a good revenue and income to cover her family's expenses.

She is applying for this loan of 3,000 GTQ to purchase beads and thread which she needs to produce her products.
Her dream is to build another house for her children because they are still small, and she wants to achieve this to secure a better life for them in the future.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Fiona Craig

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