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Mujeres Agradecidas Group

Santa Lucia La Reforma, Totonicapan, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to inject funds into her farming and traditional textile businesses.


Mujeres Agradecidas Group's story

Most of the population in the department state of Totonicapan have businesses related to farming, traditional textiles and handicrafts. Amalia is both a farmer and an artisan, weaving beautiful wrap-around skirts or “cortes.” She is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Agradecidas” or “Thankful Women.” Amalia is 25 years of age, married, and has four children (3 months to 10 years). Since her family was quite poor, she only was able to attend school for three years.

Amalia weaves throughout the year, and during the wintertime she grows peas, beans, and tomatoes. Her income helps out with the household expenses. She is proud that two of her children go to school. Amalia would like to invest in both businesses and is requesting her 2nd Kiva loan to buy seeds and fertilizer for the farm, and thread for her pretty “cortes.”

There are eight Maya K’iche ladies who appreciate their monthly Trust Bank meetings when they make payments on their loans and participate in educational trainings. Because they have little or no formal education, these sessions are vital to their growth and success. The women learn about an aspect of four subjects: business, health, family, and women.

Nearly 75% of the population in the department state of Totonicapan lives near or below the poverty line. With help from Kiva investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, Amalia and her friends can open doors to brighter futures. Amalia adds, “A Kiva loan will really give a boost to our businesses.” Thank you!