Chonita is from a large family who lives in a very small house, shared with chickens and ducks, in the back alleys of Santiago. She has been saddled with a lot of responsibility to help with the family bead work business and bring in a little cash. She resents the little bit of profit they receive for the hours of work as a middle man, especially when a street shop pockets most of the money. Because of this, Chonita would like to have her own business, pay fair wages and help the women in her community.
Chonita is currently finishing her 2nd year in business administration at the University of Mariano Galvez, Escuintla. She is living with some of the other Q Fund girls in Antigua. This is a positive, energetic girl who has overcome many challenges in order to study.
Chonita is halfway through a formal, 6-month internship with Friendship Bridge, a large microcredit organization with a central office near Antigua. She supports the office management of Friendship Bridge and attends university on the weekends.