Total loan: $4,375

Quetzal Group

Santa Catarina Polopo, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

Quetzal Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy colorful inventory for her popular traditional textile business.

Quetzal Group's story

Rosario is one of eight women in the Friendship Bridge trust bank Quetzal, in the department/state of Solola. She is 44 years old and the mother of three children, ages 19 to 28.

Fortunately, she lives in an area that attracts travelers from all parts of the world. They admire the traditional textiles that are proudly worn by the Maya women in the area. Rosario sells her inventory in three different tourist markets. Her objective is to expand her business, reach new markets and increase her income. She shares, “I am proud because, thanks to my business, I can help my children with their education at least until they reach high school.” She is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy table runners, scarves, shawls and colorful blouses.

Rosario and her friends look forward to their monthly meetings, where they offer each other support, make loan payments and participate in educational trainings, part of the Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and health-care services. Since they have little or no formal education, the trainings are quite useful. Each covers an aspect of four topics: business, health, family and women. Group members are better able to make informed decisions about their convenience stores and handicraft and textile businesses. Every second month, they have access to basic health-care services. The ladies are also more empowered to care for their families and themselves.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for learning about these ladies. They are opening doors to a brighter future!