Total loan: $5,550

Sector Sion Group

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

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A loan helped to buy a wooden loom, thread, and tools for untangling thread.

Sector Sion Group's story

Eight Maya K'iche' women who live in a rural area in ​​the department/state of Quiché formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Sector Sion." The women live in the mountains, where there are only dirt roads for traveling by pickup to sell their products in the local town market. Some of the women own convenience stores, but most of them weave "cortes" (traditional skirts). Weaving "cortes" takes a lot of time and dedication, as it requires interlacing a variety of threads into unique designs. As a result, it takes the women a week to deliver a dozen "cortes" to customers in Quiché.

The women work hard to provide an education and a good quality of life for their children. Historically, most parents did not send their young daughters to school; as a result, the women do not read nor write. The women of "Sector Sion" do not want to continue this tradition, however, so they work hard in order for their children to have a different future.

Apolonia, who is 30 years old, did not attend school, but she works hard to educate her children (ages 5-15). She has a weaving business and has been able to provide better living conditions for herself and her family. She wants to increase her business and expand to new markets. She is requesting a loan to buy a wooden loom, thread, and tools for untangling thread.

The women of "Sector Sion" are grateful to Kiva and Friendship Bridge for providing them with access to small loans, as well as informal education and health services.

Thank you, Kiva, for your support!