Total loan: $3,625

Mujeres De Salquil Group

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Santa María Nebaj, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a wooden floor loom and a large quantity of thread.

Mujeres De Salquil Group's story

Colorful, traditional textiles, with beautiful symbolic designs, are proudly worn by Maya ladies throughout Guatemala. Petrona, a 20-year-old mother of a 2-year-old daughter, has a business making these beautiful textiles.

She weaves blouses or “huipiles” on a backstrap loom. Her husband and an employee weaves wraparound skirts called “cortes” on floor looms. Monthly, she is able to turn out 30 “cortes” and 4 “huipiles”. Thanks to the income from the business, Petrona is able to save for the future education of her daughter. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy a variety of thread, as well as a wooden floor loom.

Petrona is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Salquil” along with 5 other Maya Ixil ladies. They live in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. Petrona was fortunate to attend school for 9 years. Most of the women in the group have little or no formal education. However, they are eager to learn and empower themselves.

At their monthly meetings, the women participate in educational trainings (business, health, family, women). Every other month, they have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the effective combination of loans, health care services and educational trainings “Microcredit Plus”. The ladies can empower themselves, bolster their businesses, educate their children and eliminate poverty.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the vital role you play in the lives of Petrona and her friends!