Total loan: $3,075

Las Canoas 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 thread.

Las Canoas Group's story

Quiché is a state located in the northwestern part of Guatemala where the main languages are Spanish and the indigenous languages of Uspanteko, Ixil, Sakapulteko and K’iche’.

This is also the home of 10 Maya K’iche ladies who are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Canoas". Their average age is 35, and they have either been to elementary school or completed their studies for secretarial certificates. Their businesses range from the production of colorful textiles to animal husbandry (poultry, cattle). They are thrilled to begin their 1st loan cycle with Kiva.

These women visualize their children being educated and having more opportunities to lead successful lives. They also want their businesses to expand and succeed. They are laying the foundation to accomplish these goals through their participation in the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge. In each monthly meeting, they learn how to manage their businesses, save income, prioritize expenses, or how to care for themselves and their families best.

Santana is the Secretary of the Trust Bank. She is 21 years old, married and she has a 1-year-old son. She helps support the household expenses in her small traditional textile workshop where she weaves beautiful traditional tube skirts called “cortes”. Due to the demand of her customers, she needs a loan to invest in buying a variety of high quality thread.

Santana and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva investors for funding their most important loans.