In April MayaWorks funded four new projects in the community of San Marcos La Laguna on the shores of Lake Atitlan. One woman is expanding her corner store to include more products her customers need. Another entreprenuer will use her microloan to make aromatic cleaning products for the home. Finally, two entrepreneurs are starting a weaving business. They plan to weave huipiles, the beautiful blouses that Guatemalan women wear as part of their "traje". Each huipil can take several months to weave. Because more women are working outside of their home, many do not have the time to weave their own huipiles and so they hire master weavers to weave their clothes.
Microloans give women entrepreneurs the opportunity to work from home allowing them to care for their families while earning an income. A big thank you to GlobalGiving donors who help make MayaWorks microcredit program possible!
Thanks to the generosity of GlobalGiving donors MayaWorks has funded eight new projects since the beginning of the year! The projects are very creative and promise a healthy return on investment.
Women are selling milk obtained by the purchase of a dairy cow and are raising baby pigs to be sold at market for meat. Others have planted crops such as peas, blackberries and potatoes which will be sold to exporters. One entrepreneur has opened a small stuffed animal business!
There's no limit to what women can do when given the tools to succeed!
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