Total loan: $5,600

Amistad Chiquimulteca Group

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Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Clothing

Amistad Chiquimulteca Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy blouses or “huipiles,” wrap-around tube skirts or “cortes,” and aprons or “delantales.”.

Amistad Chiquimulteca Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Amistad Chiquimulteca Group was formed by nine women who live in a small town in the green hills in the department/state of Totonicapan. They are beginning their third Kiva loan and would like to invest the funds into their businesses that include convenience stores, restaurants, hardware stores, as well as the sales of sausages and colorful traditional clothing. The women meet monthly to make loan payments. If one of them cannot come, she sends her payment in with another member. The ladies participate in relevant educational training, designed by a facilitator who uses pictures, games, role playing and diagrams to share information about business practices, health, hygiene and nutrition.

Amelia, a 23-year-old married mother of a 6-year-old daughter, is the secretary of the group. She attended school and has a teaching certificate. Her husband is a microbus driver. Eight years ago, she started a traditional textile businesses and her business was so successful that she opened a small restaurant. Amelia needs supplies for the colorful traditional textiles that she buys and resells and is requesting a loan to buy blouses or “huipiles,” wrap-around tube skirts or “cortes,” and aprons or “delantales.” This busy entrepreneur is motivated to educate her daughter, empower herself and have a higher standard of living for her family.

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