Total loan: $4,875

Chitaracena Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts

Chitaracena Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy a variety of thread and a secondhand loom to build her business.

Chitaracena Group's story

Twelve Maya K’iche’ women formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Chitaracena in a rural area of the department/state of Totonicapán in the highlands of Guatemala. The women are proud of their Maya K’iche’ culture and language. They have businesses such as raising chickens, pigs, and cows; weaving traditional Mayan textiles; milling corn; and convenience stores. They are thrilled to be starting their fourth Kiva loan cycle.

Ana is one of the members of the Trust Bank. She is a 22-year-old mother of three children under five. She received a diploma as a secretary. Ana weaves "cortes," traditional Maya skirts. She makes about six each week and sells them in two nearby markets. With her Kiva loan, Ana bought a variety of thread and a secondhand loom to build her business.

The women of Trust Bank Chitaracena are part of the Microcredit Plus program of Friendship Bridge. The program combines access to microloans with monthly meetings featuring workshops on health, business, and self-empowerment for women. More than 28,000 Guatemalan women participate in this program to build their businesses and families.

They send thanks to Kiva investors for the support and generosity!