Total loan: $5,725

Mujeres Luchadoras Xecaja Group

Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy fabric and thread at the wholesale level.

Mujeres Luchadoras Xecaja Group's story

One woman empowered through the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge means an average of 6 other people benefit, including family, community members, and employees.

Candalaria is 43 years old, Maya K’iche, and President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Luchadoras Xecaja” group. She has a traditional textile business and employs 5 women. They use the cross stitch technique to embroider beautiful designs (flowers, peacocks, birds) on colorful blouses called “huipiles." She shares, “Thanks to my income, I can help my husband to cover basic expenses of our 7 children (18 mos. to 18 yrs. old). I did not go to school, but I want my children to be able to do so.” Candelaria is requesting her second loan to buy fabric and thread at the wholesale level.

The ladies meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services. The women find their educational sessions informative and fun. Topics range from effective business management practices to nutrition, health, hygiene, and self-esteem. Every other month, they have access to health care services.

Candelaria and her 9 friends in the Trust Bank are very appreciative of the effective partnership between Kiva and Friendship Bridge. With their new tools, they are able to open doors to a more prosperous future that benefits their families, community and themselves. Thank you, Kiva investors!