Total loan: $3,400

Las Guadalupanas Group

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Salcaja, Quetzaltenango, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy thread, dye and fabric for her growing traditional textile business.

Las Guadalupanas Group's story

Traditional Guatemalan textiles are considered by many to be wearable art. They are labor-intensive to weave, embroider and sew. Maria, a 62-year-old married mother of four and grandmother of six, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Guadalupanas”. She has such a traditional textile business and works with her husband arranging thread so that he can sit at the floor loom and weave intricately designed traditional skirts or “cortes”.

The couple lives in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. Maria is requesting her first Kiva loan to purchase a large quantity of thread, dyes and fabric because the business is growing. She is saving funds for their future.

Maria is the treasurer of the Trust Bank and has an eighth grade education. At the monthly meetings of the group, the seven other ladies make loan payments that she keeps track of. Then the group participates in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services.

Because the ladies have limited education, these sessions are essential to their success, and topics are drawn from four areas: business, family, health, women. Some of the educational trainings can give them information about prioritizing expenses, the use of natural medicines and about women’s rights and roles.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for learning about Maria and her friends. They would appreciate your loan support!