Total loan: $4,350

Chunimalense Group

Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy German cotton thread in bulk.

Chunimalense Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Chunimalense" is made up of 10 Maya K'iche'-speaking women who have to ride 30 minutes over bumpy roads from their homes in a rural area of the state/department of Quiché to their monthly meetings. They are happy to do this because they benefit from the educational sessions of the "Microcredit Plus" program of loans, education and healthcare.

The women are beginning their first loan cycle with KIVA and are thrilled to be able to invest in their textile businesses that will generate new income. The new income will provide funds for their children's education, since no one in the group was able to attend school. The women can also begin to open stalls in the famous Chichicastenango marketplace.

The group's President is 62-year-old Tomasa, who did not have an opportunity to attend school. She and her husband have nine children and 30 grandchildren. Tomasa is proud that they all have a second grade education. Her business continues the local tradition of weaving colorful blouses (huipiles) that have the designs of Chichicastenango. Tomasa is requesting a loan to buy German cotton thread in bulk.

Tomasa shares that she enjoys the Trust Bank meetings and learning about business management and women's health issues. She is able to use what she learns on a daily basis and share with her family and neighbors. Thank you Kiva investors for your partnership with Friendship Bridge supporting Tomasa and her friends!