Total loan: $5,350

Mujeres De Lacantun Group

Joyabaj, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy a variety of yarn of the highest quality.

Mujeres De Lacantun Group's story

Historically, Guatemalan girls and women stay at home with their mothers and learn to weave or simply do housework. This is how Ana, 25, spent her childhood. For this reason she did not attend school, since she had to help her father take care of the horses and help in agriculture.

She is now a wife and mother of 3 children (2 to 4 years old). Recently, her husband had an accident and Ana has taken the responsibility of working to cover household expenses. Thanks to textile businesses and animal husbandry (chickens, turkeys), Ana has been able to cover household expenses. She is strong at knitting typical blouses, and she delivers 4 huipiles weekly. In order to increase the inventory of threads, Ana requests her second Kiva loan. She will use the loan to buy quality thread.

Ana is the treasurer of the Community Bank of Friendship Bridge, Women of Lacantun, located in the Department / State of Quiché. Most of the women in her group only attended school in the first grades. It is helpful for them to receive monthly training where a facilitator involves them in games and shares photos with them so they learn about effective business practices, healthy habits (nutrition, hygiene) and empowerment. Puente de Amistad [Friendship Bridge] calls this effective combination of loans, education, and health services, Microcredit Plus.

Thanks to the effective partnership between Kiva and Friendship Bridge, these women open doors to a more prosperous future!