Total loan: $4,725

Violetas De Chuisuc Group

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Cantel Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy supplies for her embroidery business like thread and parts for her sewing machine, including oil, needles, and screws.

Violetas De Chuisuc Group's story

Quetzaltenango is the name of the department/state that is also the second largest city in Guatemala, characterized by a cool climate and large commercial area, as well as farming ventures. It is also the home of 8 Maya K’iche' ladies who are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank's Violetas De Chuisuc Group.

These ladies live 30 minutes from the city and run small businesses embroidering and weaving traditional textiles and sewing modern clothing. They sell in 3 nearby markets and invest their income into basic necessities for their children, as well as their children's educational needs. This is their first Kiva loan cycle.

The leader of this group is 34-year-old Emiliana, who is single. In order to cover her living expenses, she has a textile business, machine embroidering traditional textiles like the beautiful colorful blouses called “huipiles.” She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy basic supplies like thread and parts for her sewing machine, including oil, needles, and screws. She feels like this will help her increase production and offer her customers additional high-quality inventory.

The women are grateful to participate in monthly educational trainings as part of the Microcredit Plus program that incorporates loans, education, and healthcare services. They also learn about an aspect of 4 main topics that include business, family, women, and health.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for the essential role you play in the lives of Emiliana and her friends!