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Girasoles De Chiuz Group

Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy various colors of thread/yarn at the wholesale level.


Girasoles De Chiuz Group's story

Totonicapán is a department/state in the southwestern region of Guatemala where the population speaks Maya K’iche. Eight enthusiastic ladies, who share the common goals of a higher standard of living & empowering themselves, have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Girasoles de Chuiz”. They are thrilled to begin their first loan cycle with Kiva and will use the funds to invest in their traditional textile businesses.

Isabela is a 26-year-old single mother with a nearly 2-month-old daughter. Even though she doesn’t read or write, the ladies in her Trust Bank see her potential and elected her President! Isabela makes traditional colorful “huipiles” or blouses. She employs four other people who, in turn, are able to support their own families! At this time of the year, business is brisk. Isabela is requesting a loan to buy various colors of thread/yarn at the wholesale level. She shares that she feels blessed to be able to generate income because she wants to contribute to the expenses in her parents’ home.

Isabela's friends and her benefit greatly from their monthly educational sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and healthcare services. They learn about everyday topics like health, hygiene, nutrition, and the importance of women’s rights. They also acquire basic business tools.

The partnership between Kiva and Friendship Bridge makes this worthwhile work possible. Thank you, Kiva investors!