Total loan: $4,050

Candelaria Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

Candelaria Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy two additional looms.

Candelaria Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Candelaria” was named by nine Maya K’iche ladies in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria. She is always surrounded by many candles symbolizing the light and purity of this Virgin. The nine Maya K’iche ladies live in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. One half of them weave traditional textiles on backstrap looms while the other half sell chickens and seasonal fruit. They have an average of three years of formal education and have the common goal of seeing that their children have a complete education.

Manuela, a 33-year-old married woman with five children (13-3), works hard with her husband and oldest son weaving three traditional wrap-around skirts or “cortes” on a weekly basis. For the business to keep growing, Manuela is requesting a Kiva loan to buy two additional looms. The two employees who work for her also benefit from her loan since they will have work and will be able to support their own families.

The Friendship Bridge Microcredit Plus program, combining loans, educational training, and healthcare services, greatly benefits these women. They learn to invest their loans wisely, take care of their health, feed their families healthy foods, and the importance of good hygiene. Because they have so few years of formal education, this training is essential!

Thank you, Kiva investors, for partnering with Friendship Bridge. These ladies are poised to step into a brighter future, benefiting themselves, their families, and their community in Quiche!