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Total loan: $5,075

Las Costureras Group

Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy high-quality thread.

Las Costureras Group's story

Many of the women who participate in the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge have more than one business. This is true for Tomasa, a thirty-seven-year-old mother of four children (between the ages of four and nineteen). She is married and has a third-grade education. Tomasa weaves traditional wrap-around skirts or “cortes” on a backstrap loom, embroiders traditional blouses called “huipiles,” and also raises chickens. Tomasa is determined that each of her children will receive a complete education. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy high-quality thread in a variety of colours.

Tomasa and her eight friends in the Trust Bank “Las Costureras” or “The Seamstresses” have learned a great deal about effective business practices, health, family matters, and women’s issues in their monthly meetings. Tomasa shares that the topics about being responsible and making loan payments promptly have been especially important to her. The educational sessions are designed by a facilitator who speaks their Maya K’iche language and uses pictures, diagrams, role-playing, and games to share the information.

These ladies, who live in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche, are so appreciative of the generosity of KIVA investors from all parts of the world. Thank you to each of you!