Total loan: $5,225

Tzununa Group

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Santa Cruz la laguna, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to expand her business and buy more materials including thread and fabrics for her textile business.

Tzununa Group's story

In Tzununa, a small town across Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, there is a trust bank group called Tzununa. The town of Tzununa is perched above the shores of Lake Atitlan often noted as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

The trust bank is comprised of 8 women who are starting their second cycle of loans. Typical of this part of the lake, all of the women speak Kaqchikel and for a majority of the women, this is their only language. The women in this group run a variety of business including the selling of corn, the cultivating of avocados, and embroidery of huipiles.

The youngest member of the group is Maria who is 21 years old. She is a single mother with a two-year-old son. Maria attended school through the sixth grade, which is very uncommon for indigenous women in this area. Her dream is to see her son go to school and receive an education and ultimately for him to have better opportunities in life. Maria sews, embroiders, and sells traditional clothing including huipiles (blouses) and cortes (skirts). One huipil can take up to a week of work in order to be completed. Her business is run in conjunction with her sister. With her new loan, Maria would like to expand her business and buy more materials including thread and fabrics so that she can increase her inventory and sell more products. Her main goals are to increase her earnings and provide a better quality of life for her son.

Apart from the loans Maria receives from Friendship Bridge, she also receives education training as provided by the Microcredit Plus Program. She mentions enjoying the training regarding personal hygiene and hygiene as it relates to family.