Total loan: $5,650

Mujeres De Tacajalve Group

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San Francisco el Alto, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Services

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A loan helped to buy an industrial sewing machine to increase her production.

Mujeres De Tacajalve Group's story

The state of Totonicapan in Guatemala’s Western Highlands is the home of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres De Tacajalve” with nine hardworking K'iche’ Maya members. Totonicapan is known for its high level of textile production and many of the women have businesses making clothes. They also have convenience stores, sell medicines, french fries, or raise animals (like chickens, pigs, goats). They are enthusiastic about beginning their second Kiva loan.

Once a month they attend a meeting to make loan payments and to learn a topic in one of four areas: women, health, family and business. This is a part of the Friendship Bridge program "Microcredit Plus" of small loans plus education that helps them develop success in their businesses and a better quality of life for their families. Little by little they become empowered women.

Julia is a member of the Trust Bank with an eighth grade education who has grown thanks to the Friendship Bridge Microcredit Plus program. She is 22 years old, single and the mother of a 16-month-old child. Julia has a small sewing shop where she makes a variety of shirts that she delivers weekly to a distributor. Because of the high demand for her shirts, Julia is requesting a loan to buy an industrial machine to increase her production.

Thanks to the capital provided by Kiva lenders, Julia and other Guatemalan women can look forward to successful and brighter futures!