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Jardin Atiteca Group
In this Group: Petrona, Asunción, Gregoria, Paulina, Margarita, Maria, Julia, Rosa, Nicolasa, Juana, Juana, Rosa, Felipa, Maria, Barbara*, Nicolasa, Josefa
* not pictured

The Jardin Atiteca community from Cerro de Oro is a very small community next to the smallest hump of a volcano in Lake Atitlan. The people enjoy living in such a community where everyone knows everyone. The festive seasons of Christmas and the town fair bring everyone together and give a boost in sales.

Their microenterprise consists of weaving the traditional güipil, the top of the indigenous Mayan outfit, either as a family or with employees (up to 8). To do so, they use the telar de cintura, a weaving method by which one person can weave a güipil in about one day. They then sell this piece for about 150 quetzales (20 USD) to buyers, whether intermediaries, personal contacts or shoppers in the nearby villages of Santiago de Atitlan and San Lucas. Intermediaries take the clothing and sell it to women all around the lake, including women in Panajachel, Solola and Patzun.

There was consensus among the group that their businesses were doing well, since they sell a type of clothing that is not produced very much within Santiago and San Lucas. This low level of competition allows them to sell almost as fast as they produce. So the only thing keeping them from selling more is their limited capital to invest. This is why they are loyal as a group to microlenders and have rarely missed or paid late.

According to the women, the credit has helped their business grow. They can now buy wholesale thread, cloth and dyes. The credit not only helps them buy their materials at a cheaper price, but also helps them be able to produce more items at once. Then, with their savings, they can repay the loans bit by bit.

The clients emphasized that these extra sales allow their business to grow, but most importantly, allow for an increase in income which serves to pay for their children’s educational needs, medicine, and clothing. In addition, this extra money allows them to continue to expand their business, while living a more comfortable life.

Additional Information

About Friendship Bridge

This loan is administered by Friendship Bridge (FB), a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that empowers thousands of impoverished Guatemalan women through its Microcredit Plus program. The program combines small loans averaging US$350 for four-to-twelve month loan terms with non-formal, participatory education.

As FB clients, women start, expand, or diversify their businesses and learn practical lessons on topics including business, health, and self-esteem. FB’s clients borrow as a group, forming Trust Banks (groups of 7-25 women who serve as co-guarantors of the loan and act as a self-regulating support network).

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 130
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $10,298,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.5
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Jardin Atiteca Group's $4,600 loan helped a member purchase thread for weaving güipiles.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 11, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 3, 2009