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Total loan: $5,100

Molino Belen Group

Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to purchase a large quantity of various colors of thread.

Molino Belen Group's story

The department/state of Solola is one of the few places in Guatemala where women, as well as men, wear colorful traditional clothing.

Marta, the secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Molino Belen has a business weaving/sewing beautiful traditional garments that are proudly worn by the population.

She is 32 years of age and a single mother of a 3-year-old son. Her business is growing and Marta now employs two ladies to help her fill orders of 25 outfits each month.

She has a big order and needs to restock her large inventory of thread. Marta is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of thread in various colors.

There are eight Maya Kaqchikel ladies in the Trust Bank who have textile businesses, restaurants and farms where they grow beans, carrots and potatoes. They have an average of three years of formal education. Marta went to school for six years.

On a monthly basis, they meet to support each other, make loan payments and participate in educational trainings where they gain effective business tools (budgeting, planning, investing) and learn about health, hygiene, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants.

They also learn to prioritize expenses. Often they share the information with family and friends.

These women are empowering themselves through the Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and health care services.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the vital role you play in the lives of these ladies!