A loan of $1,025 helped to buy thread to make traditional clothing.

Maria's story

María, 23, is a single woman who lives with her parents in the hamlet of Maxanija, in the town of Xejuyup Nahualá, Sololá.

She earns a living making and selling traditional clothing made with different types of thread and worn by women in her community. She learned this job from her sisters, who were responsible for teaching her the process. Now she has several years of experience in this line of work.

She has observed a strong demand for this type of business, so she's requesting a loan for 8,000 quetzales [GTQ] to expand her business buying thread to make the clothes. She wants to improve her earnings and help with the family expenses.

Her dream is to improve her earnings to be able to find more markets at the local, municipal, and departmental levels so she can get ahead with her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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