Total loan: $5,850

Mujeres De Chuanoj Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Clothing

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

A loan helped to buy more fabric, including lining, notions and other supplies, for her textile business.

Mujeres De Chuanoj Group's story

Totonicapán is a lively indigenous town, well-known for the intricately woven cloth that becomes a wrap around “tube” type skirt of the proud Maya ladies. Generally, the cloth is woven on a treadle or foot loom, often with designs of birds and flowers. The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Chuanoj” was formed outside the town by 9 motivated ladies who want to expand their small businesses. These businesses include weaving “cortes”, raising chickens and pigs, and selling clothes. This is their 4th loan cycle with Kiva.

Yesica is a member of the group who is 21 years old, married, and has a 4-year-old son. She has a textile business and sews traditional blouses and aprons. Yesica is requesting a loan to buy more fabric, including lining, notions (small objects or accessories) and other supplies for the business. She is creating additional income at the present time by raising and selling chickens. Her goal is to continue to expand her business, especially in neighboring areas, and create more income. She wants her son to have a good education and to be able to cover household expenses.

The ladies look forward to their monthly Trust Bank meetings where they make payments on their loans and participate in educational trainings. The combination of small loans and education is what Friendship Bridge calls “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for partnering with Friendship Bridge in this effort!