Microloans Help Guatemalan Women Reach Their Goals

Oct 18, 2011

Meet Lili Carmen Master Weaver

Lili loves to spend her time weaving
Lili loves to spend her time weaving

Lili Carmen Osorio lives in the Central Highlands of Guatemala high up in the picturesque town of San Juan Comalapa, a place famous for its painters.  Lili has been weaving since she was a little girl.  Now, women from all over the highlands come to her to commission the beautiful guipiles she is famous for.  Lili has perfected a complicated weaving technique called "marcador" or double-sided brocade.  Only master weavers care capable of creating weavings that are identical on both sides.

Lili uses her MayaWorks microloan to expand her weaving business.  She's bought thread in bulk, purchased a new, larger loom and equipped her looms with heddles.  Because of her growing business, Lili is able to send all three of her children to school, provide them with the necessary nutrition to keep them healthy and suport her family when her husband is out of work.

Her weaving work not only allows Lili to care for her family but it also makes her feel fulfilled.  She knows that she is contributing a valuable service to her community while doing something that she loves.  Lili especially enjoys weaving when she is at home surrounded by her family.

Thank you for supporing MayaWorks microloan program.  Your donations help more women like Lili realize their dreams.


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Berwyn, IL, United States

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Jeannie Balanda

Executive Director
Chicago, Illinois United States

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