Total loan: $4,100

Sector Ixchop Group

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San Antonio Ilotenango, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy an additional loom, tools and thread for her expanding weaving business.

Sector Ixchop Group's story

Josefa is the 32 year old Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Sector Ixchop”. She is a single mother of a 10 year old daughter and lives with her parents in the department/state of Quiche. Her parents are involved with her traditional textile business and along with 2 additional employees, she is able to fill orders of 25 woven wrap around skirts called “cortes” each month to vendors in local markets. Josefa is requesting her 1st Kiva loan to buy an additional loom, tools and thread for her expanding business.

Josefa has a 2nd grade education but this has not stopped her or the 7 other Maya K’iche ladies in the group from being successful businesswomen They raise livestock, sell 2nd hand clothing, traditional colorful clothing and prepare thread for weaving designs. The women learn to plan, budget, invest and save in their monthly meetings. They also learn about other relevant topics like nutrition, health, hygiene and the use of medicinal plants. This effective combination of educational training, healthcare services and loans is what Friendship Bridge calls “Microcredit Plus”.
In supplying funding for these much appreciated loans, Kiva investors are held in high regard. Thank you, Kiva investors, for your support of these 8 hard working ladies!