Total loan: $3,400

Las Carrillo Group

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, , Guatemala / Arts

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

A loan helped to buy fabric, thread and "cortes" (traditional wrap around woven skirts) at wholesale level.

Las Carrillo Group's story

Catarina, a 43-year-old mother of 7 children (ages 3-21), is a hardworking and successful textile artisan who employs 25 other women to help her embroider 4 dozen beautiful, traditional blouses or “huipiles” each month. Catarina feels quite pleased as her income helps raise the standard of living for her large family thanks to her effective planning and investing. As her business is growing, Catarina needs capital. She is requesting her 2nd Kiva loan to buy fabric, thread and “cortes” (traditional wrap around woven skirts) at wholesale level.

Catarina, along with 6 other Maya K’iche women, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank as a part of the “Las Carrillo” Group in the cold western region of Guatemala.. After making loan payments at monthly meetings, the ladies participate in educational training which is vital to their success as business women, mothers and women. Topics range from effective business practices (planning, budgeting, investing, saving) to women’s issues and family matters including health, nutrition, hygiene and the use of medicinal plants. The effective combination of loans, education and health care services is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for helping these women create opportunities that empower them to build better lives! You are much appreciated!