Total loan: $5,375

Mujeres Del Sector Terminal Group

Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of threads to weave traditional items of clothing.

Mujeres Del Sector Terminal Group's story

Chichicastenango is a town with a population of 42,000 in Guatemala. Infamous for having one of the largest and most colorful markets in all of Central America, the town is often visited by tourists looking to buy artisan crafts. Located in the mountainous northwestern region of the country, this area also produces corn, wheat, beans, rice, and tobacco.

Located in Chichicastenango is the trust bank, “Mujeres del Sector Terminal”. This group is comprised of eight women. Few women in the group have received an education beyond the sixth grade. This trust bank is starting their third cycle with a Kiva loan.

One member of the group is Irma. Irma is new to the group and is 20 years old. She is not married, has no children, and lives at home with her mother. Her motivation for joining the group is to help her mother with expenses by starting her own textile business. Her mother taught her how to weave huipiles (blouses) and fajas (belts), and she is requesting a loan to buy a variety of threads to weave these traditional items of clothing. Apart from her weaving business, Irma also raises chickens. If she has enough money leftover, she plans on purchasing more chickens.

Her dream is to see her business provide enough earnings so that she can begin constructing a house for her family.

As a member of Friendship Bridge Irma will receive monthly trainings through the Microcredit Plus program. She will learn about business administration, controlling expenses, and themes regarding women's health amongst other topics.

Thank you, Kiva investors.