Blanca’s Guatemalan Treasures
My name is Blanca Perez. I am a single parent and I have three kids. I had my first child at 13 with my husband and I was married for seven years. I grew up in San Marcos, Guatemala in a poor family. My parents worked in the coffee and the rice fields. We had a very large family, I had 12 brothers and sisters!
I began selling tamales in a roadside stand to support my family when I was 16. I did this for many years before deciding to immigrate to the United States which I did in 1999. I had many jobs working at various American fast food restaurants like Burger King and McDonalds. I spent some time also working in a bakery. I also did janitorial work for several years like many immigrant women.
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My sister Sonia Perez still lives in Guatemala. I have been talking with her over the last three months about starting a clothing import retail shop here in Oakland, CA. Currently, I am working on picking which clothing items I would like to have and confirming the logistics with my sister. She has access to women who produce Guatemalan clothing in San Marcos, CA.
What is the purpose of this loan?
This loan allows me to purchase Mayan fabric and clothing in bulk from Guatemala. I will be able to support women in my country that make handcrafted traditional clothing.
Years in operation: 6 months – 1 year