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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.
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Andres es un hombre soltero de 49 años de edad, vive junto a sus 10 hijos 4 hombres y 6 mujeres en el Barrio el Calvario Sololá, Sololá.
Es un hombre amable y sobre todo trabajador, el se dedica a fabricar prendas de vestir típicas que se utilizan las mujeres indígenas de su región.
Junto a su familia se apoyan para realizar esta actividad usando como principal herramienta llamado (telar) donde coloca el hilo para luego realizar estas prendas. El inicio este trabajo hace 4 años porque se dio cuenta que eran pocos los fabricantes de este tipo de prendas y que mantienen precios buenos en el mercado, de esta manera obtiene buenas ganancias, a través de lo que realiza contribuye a la economía de su familia.
El está solicitando un préstamo de Q 4,500.00 para comprar otra maquina de coser para la elaboración de prendas típicas con la finalidad de mejorar la calidad de su producto.
Su sueño es tener 6 maquinas para poder elaborar más prendas de vestir y un local para colocar sus productos para incrementar sus ganancias y darle una mejor calidad de vida a su familia.

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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
  • 72
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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 $575 helped Andres buy a machine for weaving traditional clothing.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 19, 2013
Jul 8, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2014