Total loan: $4,625

Kakchiquel San Marcos Group

San Marcos La Laguna, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy high quality thread in various colors, as well as tools for her loom.

Kakchiquel San Marcos Group's story

The 8 Maya Kaqchikel ladies in the Kaqchikel San Marcos Friendship Bridge Trust have commercial businesses selling traditional handicrafts and textiles, as well as corn and beans. The women sell their products in various plazas in their area. They live in the department/state of Solola and are beginning their 5th Kiva loan cycle.

One of the members of the group is 25-year-old Maria, who is single with 4 years of formal education. Maria lives with her 62-year-old mother and 4 siblings. Her mother has challenges working and so Maria needs to help support the household. She weaves intricate colorful designs on traditional blouses called huipiles. She sells her textiles from her home so that she is able to care for her mother, as well as her siblings. Maria is requesting a Kiva loan to buy high quality thread in various colors, as well as tools for her loom.

Thanks to the Microcredit Plus program, combining loans, educational training and healthcare services, Maria and her friends are moving ahead. The monthly educational trainings are quite useful and cover an aspect of 4 topics: business, family, health, and women. Maria shares, “The sessions about natural medicine and healthy foods have helped me to take care of my own health and that of my family.”

The partnership between Kiva and Friendship Bridge is vital to the success of Maria and her friends. Thank you, Kiva investors!