My name is Maria Galacia, I am 42 years old and I live in La Esperanza, Quetzaltenango. I own a party supplies store for kids.

In 2009, I started to participate in FUNDAP as a member of the village bank “Mujeres de la Esperanza”, where I had the opportunity to have access to loans to support my business. Through my participation in the village bank, I got involved in the MBA program and I started to participate actively since 2014. At the time of my first loan, I used to sell silver-made jewelry, but I wanted to look for different opportunities and I started to make piñatas and all types of amenities for birthday parties for kids. The business took off small, but nowadays I am the owner of a store in the center of La Esperanza called “Piñateria Jime”.

With the knowledge I received in the MBA program I have learned to manage my income and expenses as well as how to invest the loans I received form FUNDAP. I am a very enterprising woman and now I am participating in the second year of the MBA Business School “Emprendiendo Juntos”.