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Total loan: $3,875

Chumez Group

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

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A loan helped to buy a variety of multicolored threads for her textile business.

Chumez Group's story

In Guatemala, indigenous women produce traditional fabrics in more than 350 different designs and colors. Each design is unique in each place and has a ceremonial symbol inherited from the Mayan ancestors. This work is done by eight women weavers who make up the “Chumez” Community Bank. They come from the rural area of ​​the Department (state) of Quiché.

These women seek to benefit from their first Kiva loan. One of these women is Marina, the group's treasurer. She is 22 years old, married, and is the mother of two children (four months old and three years old). Marina has seven years of formal education. She owns textile and chicken farming businesses. Marina oversees the work of four women she employs to increase the production of the business.

In Marina's words "We knit every day with love and patience. As a result, the typical cloths for tablecloths are finished. In this way, we can offer quality to the clientele."

The Kiva loan will help Marina to buy yarn in different colors. She feels happy because part of her income is saved for her children's future education.

The women of this communal bank meet monthly to train in different topics of interest to their lives (business, health, family, women). They also benefit from attending health clinics. Women obtain this benefit by acquiring a loan with Kiva and Puente de Amistad, as part of the "Microcredit Plus" program.

Thanks to the lenders of Kiva for being a support for our textile businesses.