Total loan: $5,150

Mujeres Catolicas Group

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

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A loan helped to supply her business and invest in the purchase of packages of threads and figures used to stamp the "huipiles".

Mujeres Catolicas Group's story

Santos, 34, is a married woman and mother of eight children. She lives in the Department of Quiché. Santos is a proactive woman who belongs to the Mujeres Catolicas Communal Bank. She says that "textile art is an inheritance that my mother left me, she taught me how to weave, and today I live from the profits of the business, which allows me to make typical fabrics and huipiles (traditional Mayan clothing)."

Santos is requesting a Kiva loan to supply her business and invest in the purchase of packages of threads and the figures used to stamp the huipiles.

The Friendship Bridge Communal Bank "Mujeres Catolicas" includes eight indigenous K'iche women. These women have a common dream that is to be able to see their business prosper, improve their stability and have better income in the future. In order to achieve these objectives, the women have applied for their first Kiva loan which will be invested in textile businesses and raising broiler chickens. With their businesses these women are helping their husbands to support their households.

The Sponsorship expresses that by participating in this group we can train ourselves to better manage the loans and make your business successful, we have some degrees of education and the topics of self-esteem, hygiene practices and financial education are important for our empowerment. This is thanks to the benefits of the Microcredit Plus program that combines small loans, training and health for life.

Thank you to Kiva lenders for contributing to the women's economy.