Total loan: $4,825

Las Rosas De Chuisajcab Group

Nahualá, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy boxes of lustrine [thread] in different colors wholesale.

Las Rosas De Chuisajcab Group's story

Thirty-seven-year-old Maria is one of 7 very motivated Maya K’iche’ women who are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank. Las Rosas de Chuisajcab Group is located in a cold rural area of the Department of Sololá in the highlands of Guatemala. In this area, the Maya women and men are proud to wear their traditional clothing. The garments are handmade on backstrap or foot looms. All the Trust Bank members weave and embroider belts, wrap-around skirts and blouses. Some also buy and sell the traditional clothes. They are requesting their 2nd Kiva loan to expand their businesses.

Maria is married without children. K’iche’ is her primary language, and she has difficulty speaking in Spanish. Her business is weaving and embroidering huipiles/blouses, fajas/belts, and complete outfits for girls. She needs to increase her inventory of yarns to make new designs for the traditional outfits. Maria is requesting a loan to buy boxes of lustrine thread in different colors wholesale.

The women meet monthly to participate in educational trainings, as part of the Microcredit Plus program of small loans, education and health services. These educational sessions are vital to the women’s business success. The topics are drawn from four main areas: business, family, health and women. Kiva investors are appreciated greatly by María and her companions, for their financial support.

Thank you!