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Total loan: $4,825

Tejedoras De Camanchaj Group

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

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A loan helped to buy a variety of inventory so that she can offer her customers new designs and expand her selling area.


Tejedoras De Camanchaj Group's story

The indigenous Maya women in Guatemala are proud to wear their traditional “traje” or outfits that consist of a colorful and ornate blouse or “huipil”, a woven wrap around tube skirt or “corte”, colorful belts called “fajas”, and warm shawls or “perrajes”. Nearly 95% of the eight ladies who are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Tejedoras de Camanchaj” live in the town of Santa Cruz El Quiche and make traditional clothing or jewelry (bracelets, rings, hair clips, and ties). At their monthly meetings, after transacting business on their loans, these eight ladies participate in educational training classes and learn about themselves (women’s rights, empowerment, reproductive health), their families (nutrition, hygiene), and their businesses (planning, investing, savings). These training classes are part of the “Microcredit Plus” program (education + loans) of Friendship Bridge.

Blanca is a member of the group. She is 30 years old and finished the sixth grade. She is a married mother of three daughters who range in age from 8 months to 9 years. Blanca has a jewelry business where she sells beaded rings, bracelets, earrings, hair clips, and ties. She is requesting a loan to buy a variety of inventory so that she can offer her customers new designs and expand her selling area to areas outside of her town. Her goal is to increase sales and give each of her children a formal education.

Thank you Kiva lenders for your kindness in funding these loans so that Blanca and her friends can step into a brighter future!