Total loan: $4,175

La Granja Group

San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy high quality thread and more natural medicines.

La Granja Group's story

The 9 Maya Kaqchikel women, who live in the state/department of Chimaltenango, are very aware that they are the heirs of a rich and unique cultural history. They proudly wear their traditional colourful clothing or “traje”, speak their Maya Kaqchikel language, and hold fast to cultural traditions. Marina is one of these women who creates traditional textiles and sells natural medicines. She is 49 years old and the mother of 6 children who range in age from 13-29. Marina uses her income to cover basic household expenses and the education of her children. She is requesting for her 1st KIVA loan to buy high-quality thread and fabric as well as more natural medicines.

Marina is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “La Granja”. The women in her group sell American clothing, embroider traditional textiles and have small food businesses making icy confections. They have learned how to manage their businesses (planning, budgeting, investing, savings) in their monthly educational training sessions which are part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge. They also learn about healthy practices, family matters, and women’s issues. Marina shares, “I learned more about natural medicines and the information helped me to include new plants in my business.”

KIVA investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are a huge help to these women seeking to empower themselves, educate their children and eliminate poverty. Thank you so very much for your kindness and your generosity!