VIDEO: Dream weaver in Guatemala
8 March 2017 - In remote rural areas of developing countries, women are often relegated to house chores or on-farm labour because of a lack of literacy and numeracy skills.
In Guatemala, for example, Maria Ana Gonzalez had been trying to make more out of her weaving skills, but she was unable to calculate and keep track of the cost of her materials and labour. Her small business was limited to selling a few hand-made items at the village market.
Things changed when Maria Ana joined an IFAD-supported programme on financial literacy and access to markets, where she was given the tools and support needed to develop her off-farm business. Now Maria Ana is earning 90 per cent more profits than when she first began weaving.
Watch the video to learn more.