Total loan: $4,125

Las Canoas Group

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Cunen, El Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy different colors of threads for her weaving business.

Las Canoas Group's story

Families that work together stick together. Lucía, a 43-year-old mother of 6, weaves for a living. With her 2 looms and her children helping out, they can produce 25 “cortes,” or traditional Mayan skirts, a month.

Lucía, the president of her Trust Bank, represents the other 8 Maya K’iche members in her group "to a T." Like all of them, she never went to school. The other women also manufacture cortes, and they all bring their products to a large market in the state of Quiché. They’re hoping to fund their second loan cycle with Kiva.

With a credit from Kiva, Lucía plans to invest in different colors of thread so she can sew a variety of skirts. With the gains she can make in her business, she can help give her children more opportunities than what she had. Already, they’ve each received 6 years of education.

In addition to accessing credit to help their businesses grow, Lucía’s Trust Bank attends educational workshops on business, health, and personal development topics. Friendship Bridge, a Kiva field partner, runs this Microcredit Plus program to empower women with knowledge and resources across the important pillars of their lives.

Thank you for supporting Lucía and her Trust Bank!