Total loan: $5,425

Las Palmas Group

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Cunen, El Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy another floor loom and a variety of thread.

Las Palmas Group's story

According to legend, the Maya were taught to weave by the moon goddess and cosmic weaver, Ixchel. The treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Palmas” is a weaver of traditional wraparound skirts or “cortes.” She arranges the various colors of thread for the design, and then her husband and an employee weave on foot-powered floor looms. Women traditionally weave on backstrap looms.

To meet customer demand, Marta needs to buy an additional loom, as well as various colors of thread. Her dreams are to enlarge her business to be able to take care of household expenses, including the future education of her 2-year-old son.

Although she only has five years of formal education, Marta is bright and determined. She, along with the other 11 Maya K’iche ladies in the group, appreciates being able to participate in the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Every two months, they have access to health clinics where they are attended to by a nurse who speaks their K’iche language. Every month, the women participate in educational training that gives them vital information about effective business practices, health, family matters and women’s issues. The loan support from Kiva lenders is essential to their success, and the women are very appreciative. Thank you to each of you for your generosity and your kindness!