Total loan: $3,900

Esperanza San Juan Group

San Juan la Laguna, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy high quality thread including silk thread at the wholesale level.

Esperanza San Juan Group's story

Esperanza San Juan Group is the name that 7 Maya Tz'utujil women have given to their Friendship Bridge Trust Bank.

The president of the group is 36 year old Concepcion, who has a 6th grade education. She is the mother of 3 daughters (10-19) who are enrolled in primary, secondary and university level schools.

Concepcion, along with her husband, work hard at their traditional textile business to support their family. She is currently requesting her 1st KIVA loan to buy high quality thread including silk thread at the wholesale level.

These women live in the Department/State of Solola on the shores of the magnificent Lake Atitlan. All of them are craftswomen/textiles artisans/weavers who fabricate colorful traditional clothing proudly worn by Maya women and greatly admired by travelers. The ladies make beautiful blouses or “huipiles, vests or “chalinas”, scarves or “bufandas” and other textiles that they sell in 3 nearby markets. Much of color of the thread that they use is from natural dyes.

The ladies meet monthly to make loan payments, participate in educational trainings and every two months, have access to healthcare services. The combination of loans, education, and health care services is called “Microcredit Plus”. The educational trainings are vital to their success and cover an aspect of 4 topics: business, health, women, family.

The women send their gratitude to Kiva investors from all parts of the world for funding their much needed loans! Thank you!