Total loan: $5,275

Mujeres De Racana Group

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

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A loan helped to buy a variety of multicolored thread.

Mujeres De Racana Group's story

Maria is 24 years old and a member of the Friendship Bridge communal bank "Mujeres de Racana," located in a cold zone of the department/state of Quiché.

She remembers living through a difficult childhood. Maria's family was poor and didn't have money to send her to school. For this reason, she had to learn to weave "sashes," traditional woven belts that go around the waist.

Now she lives with her husband, and they are raising three children (ages 2 to 6). In order to offer a future education and a better quality of life to her family, Maria decided to begin her textile business. Every week, Maria delivers 10 dozen waist "sashes." To deliver these orders on time, Maria employs eight women. This product has a great demand for the holidays at the end of the year. Maria is applying for her second Kiva loan to buy a variety of multicolor thread.

This communal bank has seven members who speak Maya K'iché. They want to improve the quality of life of their families through successful businesses (embroidering traditional blouses and belts with the knotting technique). They, along with 30,000 Guatemalan women with low income, attend monthly meetings to make payments on their loans and participate in educational training that includes topics such as health, nutrition, hygiene, and entrepreneurship. These trainings are part of the program "Microcredito Plus," with loans, education, and health services. Every two months, they can see a nurse to have examinations.

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