Total loan: $3,525

Xena Group

Santo Domingo Xenacoj, Chimaltenango, Sacatepéquez Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy very high quality German and embroidery thread.

Xena Group's story

Eight Maya Kaqchikel ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Xena” participate in the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health-care services. They have an average of three years of formal education, so the monthly educational training covering an aspect of four topics (business, health, family, women) is valuable for them. The women have traditional textile businesses (colorful traditional blouses/“huipiles” and baby carriers/“cargadores”). They are beginning their third Kiva loan cycle.

The president of the group is Maria, who is 61 years old and the oldest member in the group. She is the mother of nine children (16-42). Her older children lead independent lives and finished the sixth grade. Her youngest child is in ninth grade.

Maria needs to invest capital into her “huipil” business. Making these beautiful textiles is labor intensive, and Maria works hard each month to have enough to sell. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy very high quality German and embroidery thread.

She shares, “Friendship Bridge looks at the whole woman. It doesn’t matter about how far away she lives, or what her cultural affiliation is or how poor she is. Services are given with respect and dedication. We have access to small loans with low interest rates as well as monthly trainings (finances, self esteem, nutrition, preventative health measures). We get health-care services. The helping hand of Friendship Bridge and the support of Kiva helps us create brighter futures. Thank you!”