Total loan: $2,900

Sector 1 Las Doncellas Group

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Cunen, El Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of high quality yarns at the wholesale level.

Sector 1 Las Doncellas Group's story

There are over 28,000 Guatemalan women clients in Friendship Bridge, many of whom are benefitting from the small loans provided by Kiva lenders. The loans provide new capital to women like the seven who make up the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Sector 1 Las Doncellas” who live in the highlands of the state/department of El Quiché. The women live in an area rich in handicrafts, architectural designs, and religious activities. They are beginning their first loan with Kiva, which will help them support their families.

Santos is a member of the group who is 32 years old, married and has four children (8-14 years old). She has a sixth grade education and has made sure her children attend primary and secondary school. Santos has a weaving business and weaves a variety of traditional blouses called “huipiles” that she sells in the local market. She is requesting a loan to buy a variety of high quality yarns at the wholesale level.

Santos attends monthly meetings where she participates in the "Microcredit Plus" program of education + loans. She makes a payment on her loan and then participates in training from four main areas: health, family, women, and business. In the topic of business, she learns valuable skills like budgeting, controlling expenses and saving.

Thank you Kiva lenders and Friendship Bridge for your support that helps women like Santos build their dreams into realities!