Paula Calabay has been able to support herself with loans provided by FINCA for 35 years. Like many women in the highlands of Guatemala, weaving represents much more than just a job. For Paula it represents both artistic beauty and a means to improve the livelihood of her daughters. With FINCA loan she was able to acquire she was able to expand her business and support her family.
Paula is a proud mother and a FINCA client, that has always brought great enthusiasm to her work. Weaving has always been part of her family’s tradition. She learned from her grandmother and mother and now her daughters are learning to weave themselves. Paula expects to use credit she receives from FINCA to expand her business.
FINCA helped Paula get the break she deserved. Sara says, “My mother absolutely loves FINCA. FINCA was there for us when no one else was. FINCA helped make our lives livable.” Today, Paula maintains an impressive business overseeing eight employees who do piece work from their own homes. FINCA has made it possible for Paula’s specially embroidered products can be found around the country’s tourist markets of Antigua, Panajachel, and Coban. Even though these tourist markets see many competitions, Paula has the lucrative opportunities through bulk sales by exporters in Mexico and the United States.
Paula has been a superb client over her years with FINCA, and she never misses a payment. Due to her impressive financial track record, Paula knows that other banks would want her business, but she remains loyal to her partnership with FINCA. As her daughter Sara said, “You don’t forget about your friends.”