A loan of $575 helped buy a machine for weaving traditional clothing.

Andres's story

49-year old Andres is single and lives with his ten children, four sons and six daughters, in the neighbourhood of Calvario Sololá in Sololá. He is a friendly man and above all very hardworking. He makes the clothing worn by the local women of the area.

With help from his family Andres obtains the yarn which he then weaves into clothing. He started his business four years ago when he realized that there were few people making this type of clothing and that prices were good. He makes good money which he contributes to family finances.

He is now seeking a loan of Q4,500.00 to buy another machine to make traditional clothing so that he can improve the quality of the garments. His dream is to have six machines, make more clothes, and have premises where he can put them. In this way he would earn more money and provide his family with a better standard of living.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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