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Asociación Chajulense de Mujeres (ACMUV)
Approved to post Kiva loans from: Guatemala
Asociacion Chajulense de Mujeres is a nonprofit organization that works to serve the women of the Ixil and K’iche’ Maya communities in the Quiche region of Guatemala.
Founded in 2008, the co-op commercializes the artisanal knitting products created by the members of the organization, and provides a credit and savings program, life insurance policy and investment opportunities for its members.
A grassroots and participatory lending approach:
Loans issued by Asociacion Chajulense de Mujeres are managed by Chajul’s indigenous women. The association visits faraway rural communities to increase access to credit, and the repayments are done in the communities also. Personnel are also indigenous women which constitute a cultural appropriate program and avoid language barriers.
Each loan will be between $150 and $1,500 USD, for a length of 12 months and a fixed interest rate of 12%. With Kiva’s support, ACM will be able to expand its credit program and help many more women in need.