Total loan: $3,625

Centro Chuicaca Group

Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy more fabric, lining, and beads for blouses.

Centro Chuicaca Group's story

On a Thursday afternoon seven women gather in a conference room in Quiché, children in tow, to attend their monthly Trust Bank meeting. They’re from Totonicapán. As their husbands patiently wait in the courtyard, the facilitator leads a lesson on natural medicines that the ladies can prepare at home. It’s part of the Microcredit Plus program run by Friendship Bridge, a Kiva field partner, which combines credit, education, and health services to empower women throughout Guatemala.

Aurelia, 27, is the president of the Centro Chuicaca Trust Bank. She’s married, and has 2 children ages 5 and 3. Aurelia made it to the 6th grade and her oldest child attends kindergarden. Like many other women in her Trust Bank, Aurelia makes huipiles, traditional Mayan blouses. Aurelia started her business a year and a half ago from her home and gets orders from others in her community. It takes approximately 1 day to make a blouse, which features intricate beading and handiwork. This is the Trust Bank’s first loan cycle with Kiva and Aurelia hopes to buy more fabric, lining, and beads.

While this Trust Bank formed just 6 months ago, Aurelia says they’ve already learned important lessons from Friendship Bridge’s facilitations. So far her favorite has been about personal hygiene. Aurelia hopes that, with support from Kiva, she can keep growing in her business and personal life. She thanks Kiva lenders like you for supporting this new group of spirited entrepreneurs!