Total loan: $3,700

Sector 1 Las Doncellas Group

Cunen, El Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy high quality thread/yarn in order to increase both production & income.

Sector 1 Las Doncellas Group's story

The seven Maya K’iche ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Sector 1 Las Doncellas”, who live in the department/state of Quiche, weave traditional wrap-around tube skirts on floor looms. Often these beautiful textiles have elaborate designs called “jaspe”. It takes one week to weave a “corte” and the women sell them in nearby markets. The seven ladies are beginning their second loan cycle with KIVA.

Berta, who is 27 years old and has three children (6-9), is a member of the group. She has a 6th grade education. One of her goals is to see each of her children graduate from high school because she realizes that education is a key to a more prosperous and successful future. Currently, they go to kindergarten, 1st & 3rd grade. Berta has two floor rooms in her home & has two employees who are able to support their own families! She is requesting a KIVA loan to buy high quality thread/yarn in order to increase both production & income. She shares, “Monthly loan payments, low interest rates, interesting monthly educational trainings (business, health, family, women), & healthcare services are the benefits that I receive from the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge. The educational classes help us learn & make better decisions.”

Thank you, KIVA investors, for the essential role you play in the lives of these ladies! They are empowering themselves, educating their children & raising their standard of living benefiting themselves, their families & their community in Quiche!