Total loan: $5,750

Union Maya Group

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

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A loan helped to buy a variety of colors of high quality thread wholesale for weaving.

Union Maya Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Union Maya”, located in rural Santa Cruz El Quiché, was formed by eight Maya K’iché’ women who are beginning their third loan cycle with Kiva.

These ladies have a variety of businesses including traditional textile fabrication, convenience store, pharmacy, book store, and animal husbandry business (chickens, turkeys, ducks, and pigs).

Juana is the member who has a traditional textile business. She makes beautiful and colorful blouses called “huipiles” and ornate belts called “fajas” that she sells in nearby markets. She plans to buy a variety of colors of high quality thread wholesale and is requesting a loan.

Her goals are that her four children, ranging in age from 2 to 9, receive complete educations and have a higher quality of life. Juana only has a first-grade education. All in all, Juana is pleased because her business has grown, income has increased, and she is able to help meet household expenses.

At the monthly meetings, the ladies make payments on their loans and then participate in educational training, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans + education) of Friendship Bridge. A specific topic chosen from four main areas (women, family, health, business) is covered by a facilitator who uses role playing, games, pictures, and diagrams.

In funding these much needed loans, Kiva investors are playing a vital role in the lives of Juana and her friends in the Trust Bank. Thank you!