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Total loan: $4,525

Esperanza Group

San Cristobal Totonicapan , Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of fabrics, quality yarn and a metal frame.

Esperanza Group's story

The best example that love for textiles is transmitted from generation to generation is that of Irma, a craftswoman from the Department / State of Totonicapán. She is a 40-year-old woman, married and the mother of two children (ages 9 and 14) who attend school.

Irma and her husband teach their children to weave “cuts” (typical skirts) so that they continue in the textile business. In addition to the elaboration of “cuts”, Irma fixes thread, embroiders “huipiles” and sews typical aprons. She feels happy to successfully run this business for 15 years and has seen that orders increase.

Irma asks Kiva lenders for her second loan to replenish the business inventory. She will buy fabrics, thread and one large metal frame.

Irma and six other Maya K’iche women form the "Esperanza" Communal Bank, in the Department (state) of Totonicapán. They, like Irma, have a maximum of six years of formal education, and have traditional textile businesses.

Puente de Amistad has created participatory education training on important topics such as: business, women's rights, health and family. A facilitator (loan officer) imparts topics on budget, investment, hygiene, nutrition, entrepreneurship. More than 30,000 Puente de Amistad customers receive knowledge to create sustainable change for themselves, their children and their communities.

By financing these loans, Kiva lenders impact the lives of Mayan women. Thank you!