Total loan: $4,275

Mujeres La Union Group

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San Pedro Jocopilas, El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Services

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A loan helped to buy cones of thread, decorations, and fabric for making aprons and skirts.

Mujeres La Union Group's story

Nine Maya K'iche ladies make up the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank called “Mujeres La Union” in Santa Cruz El Quiche in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. They have an average of three years of formal education. Their businesses include seamstresses making aprons, sellers of new clothes, and merchants with convenience stores. This is their second loan cycle with Kiva.

Ana is 30 years old and a mother of two children, ages 5 and 10. She is a member of the group and works as a seamstress, making aprons and woven wraparound tube skirts called “cortes”. Ana is requesting a loan to buy cones of thread, decorations, and fabric. She works hard so that her children can be educated. Her older child is enrolled in primary school. Even though she only has a second-grade education, Ana has learned a lot in the Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge (loans + education). Topics that are covered include four main subjects: women, health, families, and business. The information is transmitted by a facilitator who communicates in their native Maya language and uses pictures, diagrams, and role playing. Ana has learned a great deal about running her business (planning, investing, and savings).

Ana and her friends are creating real pathways out of poverty because of their hard work and determination. They are grateful for the partnership between Kiva and Friendship Bridge.