Total loan: $5,325

Las Glorias Group

Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Retail

Las Glorias Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy various bolts of interesting fabric at the wholesale level.

Las Glorias Group's story

Totonicapán or “Toto”, is a large bustling town in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. It is especially active on market days. Ten women who live here have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Glorias”. They all have common goals and interests. The ladies have various businesses including modern clothing sales (tee shirts, sweatshirts, pants), traditional clothing production (“cortes” or traditional wrap around woven tube skirts) as well as raising rabbits!

They are requesting their very first loan with Kiva investors! It is an exciting moment for them!

Eloisa was elected President of the Trust Bank. She is 71 years old and since she was a child, has worked hard to move ahead toward a higher quality of life. Eloisa is a seamstress and makes tee-shirts, regular shirts, pants and other articles of clothing. She works with her husband at the business. The couple has worked hard so that their 8 children could go to school and because of their efforts, each of their children graduated not only from high school but from the university as well! Eloisa wants to keep up on the latest styles and offer her clientele the very latest in fashion. She is requesting a loan to buy various bolts of interesting fabric at the wholesale level and is quite excited about the possibilities for new items to offer!

As motivated women, the ladies of “Las Glorias” eagerly participate in their meetings and especially enjoy the educational trainings conducted by a Facilitator from Friendship Bridge. They learn about lots of everyday subjects like health, hygiene and nutrition.

Thank you, KIVA investors, for your generosity and kindness in funding loans for Eloisa and her friends in the Trust Bank. With their new tools, they are stepping into a brighter future, benefitting themselves, their families and their community in Totonicapan, Guatemala.