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Total loan: $5,525

Monja Blanca Sacapulas Group

Sacapulas, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy lots of thread for her traditional textile business, as well as tools and fertilizer for her crops (onions and tomatoes).


Monja Blanca Sacapulas Group's story

Santa Cruz El Quiché is known as the cradle of the Maya Quiché culture and is located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Here, 8 Maya K’iche ladies, members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Monja Blanca Sacapulas,” are excited to begin their 1st loan cycle with Kiva.

The “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge (loans + education) is giving them the tools they need to empower themselves, educate their children and eliminate poverty. These 8 ladies have businesses that range from agriculture (onions and tomatoes) to traditional textile fabrication (ornate blouses or “huipiles”).

Catarina is a member of the group who is 29 years old and the mother of 3 children who range in age from 5-11. Although she only has a 3rd grade education, she is keenly aware of its value and has set a goal that her children at least reach high school and be better prepared for a successful future. Catarina has a small farm and fabricates traditional textiles. She is requesting a loan to buy lots of thread for her traditional textile business, as well as tools and fertilizer for her crops (onions and tomatoes).

The monthly educational trainings are of great benefit to the women. They learn about themselves (self-esteem, women’s rights, and sexual and reproductive health), their families (hygiene and nutrition) and their businesses (planning and investing).

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your kindness and generosity in funding these much-needed loans!