Total loan: $4,900

Azucena Nahuala Group

Nahualá, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a new loom and thread.

Azucena Nahuala Group's story

Maria, secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Azucenas Nahuala” group, is 28 years old. She is married and the mother of a 7-year-old son. She works with her husband weaving traditional wrap skirts called “cortes.” Maria shares, “We are able to support our household with the income from our business. We have a very good market here and our cortes are popular.” She adds that because of the popularity of traditional textile and handicrafts from her department/state of Solola, products like hers are exported to other areas in Guatemala and other countries.

Maria's goal is to invest more into the business, to increase production as well as income. Maria is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy a new loom and a shiny thread called “lustrina” in various colors.

There are 7 Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank who have carpentry and traditional textile businesses and also sell bedsheets. Because they average only 2 years of formal education, these women benefit greatly from their monthly educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services. Some of the topics covered include health, nutrition, hygiene, and business management tools. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services. For some ladies, there are special advanced trainings as well.

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