Total loan: $3,425

Nuevo Amanecer Pachaj Group

Cantel Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy another sewing machine.

Nuevo Amanecer Pachaj Group's story

In the village of Quetzaltenango, there is a communal bank formed by 7 women. They call themselves “Nuevo Amanecer Pachaj” and are looking forward to receiving their first Kiva loan. These women are artisans who sew, weave, and embroider. They produce traditional blouses, known as “huipiles,” skirts, and bags. They are hoping to receive a Kiva loan to buy fabrics and threads. They would like to buy new sewing machines and looms for weaving.

Lidia is a group member who uses a sewing machine to make intricate embroideries. Like the rest of the women in her group, her native language is K’iche, which is one of the 22 ancient Mayan languages spoken throughout Guatemala. She has a 22-year-old daughter who has completed high school, although Lidia herself only attended elementary school. With a loan from Kiva, Lidia would buy another sewing machine. Lidia wants to thank all of the potential Kiva lenders who will lend her capital so she can invest in her future.

The women of “Nuevo Amanecer Pachaj” will participate in the program “Microcredit Plus.” This program is run by Kiva’s field partner Friendship Bridge. They will receive financial education about the importance of saving and how to properly invest in their businesses.

They would like to thank all of their future lenders for believing in their potential.