María Paula is a fierce woman who has participated as a Friendship Bridge client for 15 years, and she is in her 16 loan cycle. She lives in the rural community called Caserío Santa María el Tablón of the Department of Sololá. Maria Paula recalls that she was forced to leave school after only completing the sixth grade. She immediately began working with her father and brothers in the development of sewing products and handcrafts, where she enjoyed working. Currently, María Paula's father left her a place where they offer a variety of textiles and crafts to customers and pedestrians on Calle Santander in Panajachel, Sololá. María Paula is a natural-born craftswoman.