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Total loan: $6,150

Vencedoras De Xecam Group

Cantel Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy another loom, an indispensable tool for her weaving business.


Vencedoras De Xecam Group's story

Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in Guatemala, is full of cultural institutions and draws travelers and students from all parts of the world. In a rural area outside of the city, nine Maya K’iche women formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Vencedoras de Xecam, or “Winners of Xecam,” with the shared vision of creating a more prosperous future for themselves and their families. They each have traditional textile businesses and weave and embroider colorful tablecloths, pillow covers and wrap-around tube skirts called cortes. They sell their textile treasures in nearby markets and are beginning their first loan cycle with Kiva.

Dilma, a thirty-year-old married mother of two children ages ten and six, is the secretary of the trust bank. She has a ninth grade education and has worked hard so that her children can go to the local school. (Education is not free in Guatemala.) Her specialty is weaving cortes with intricate designs.

On behalf of her group Dilma has applied for a 44,700 GTQ loan to be apportioned among its members. With her share she will buy another loom, an indispensable tool for her business. She will be able to produce more inventory and keep her two employees busy, who are in turn supporting their own families.

Friendship Bridge’s Microcredit Plus program for loans and education is so very useful to Dilma and her friends. At their monthly meetings the women learn about planning, budgeting and investing in their businesses; nutrition, health and hygiene for their families; and self-esteem, women’s bodies and empowerment in regard to themselves.

Generous Kiva investors are highly appreciated by these women. Thank you!