Total loan: $3,550

Cristo Vive Group

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Cunen, El Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy two wooden looms with their respective tools.

Cristo Vive Group's story

Regarding the production of Guatemalan textiles, the pedal loom was one of the most important contributions of the first Spanish artisans who arrived in the country after the conquest. Through this loom you get beautiful textiles that then serve to make various items such as tablecloths, bags, rebozos, and hammocks. This technique is used by seven Mayan women K’iche ’, from the Cristo Vive Community Bank. They are happy to start the second Kiva loan cycle and invest the loan in textile businesses. They live in a wooded area Department (state) of Quiché.

Among these women is the president of the communal bank, María. She is a 38-year-old married woman and mother of eight children (4 to 21 years old). Maria grew up in a home with economic limitations. For this reason, Maria did not attend school. At the time of marriage she found support in her wife and together they started with the weaving business of loom cuts. Currently, her husband and two of her children work on three looms. Monthly they deliver 15 typical skirt cuts per month. With a lot of confidence, Maria approaches Kiva lenders to apply for the second Kiva loan. She will use the loan capital to buy two wooden looms with their respective tools.

Thanks to the financing of Kiva lenders, women like Maria will have access to the loan, receive monthly training and attend health clinics.