A loan of $3,000 helped a member buy better fabric and tools for embroidery.

Lucianitas Santa Lucia Group 1's story

Santa Lucia is a small village with an interesting setting. Not like most villages, the church and the community centre are situated on the same square. They are a bit apart from each other which creates two important squares and gives Santa Lucia a stretched look. This is all surrounded by steep hills on which all the houses are built in a very picturesque way. This is a very pleasant town and even when it is pouring down rain and the streets have changed into little rivers, the streets are still full of people.

The women tell me they all grew up here and for that reason, they know each other very well. Most of the women have been working on their beautiful embroideries since they were very young, as the president of the group tells me. She sells her blouses to her friends and family and some of the women present are wearing her blouses today. She and three others also sew skirts.

They sell most of their goods in Sololá which is the nearest city, about one hour away. The market days there are the best day to have good business, says Paulina. Brigida travels to a town called Godines. This is a town with an crossroads where you can go to several places and because of that, many people pass by. That's why she decided to travel the 2 hours a couple of times a week to sell her goods.

Genara tells me she went to school for four years only, and she started helping her parents from then on. It is her wish to see her children who are at university now get a degree so they have more choices in what their occupation could be. Having her business means having the means to support her children in their journey to become the professionals she was not able to become. These women are struggling for a noble cause; let's support them in their struggle.

In this group: Josefa, Paulina, Maria, Brigida, Nancy, Lesly, Lucia, Genara

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