Total loan: $4,650

Reinas De Trapichitos Group

Sacapulas, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy quality threads such as "sedalina" in different wholesale colors.

Reinas De Trapichitos Group's story

Guatemala is recognized worldwide for the color, quality, and richness of its fabrics. For its elaboration, old wood loom techniques are still used, mostly managed by women. Some of these textiles are woven by Jeny. This woman is one of the eight women who make up the Community Bank of Friendship Bridge “Queens of Trapichitos”. Jeny is 20 years old, and received an accountant diploma. She is Maya K’iche’ and lives in a rural area of ​​the department (state) of Quiche.

“It is very difficult to find a formal job. For this reason I decided to establish my small business, devoting myself to weaving typical belts. I deliver 30 belts monthly. With my business earnings I can cover my expenses," shares Jeny. Jeny's business can grow even more thanks to the 3rd loan she is requesting from Kiva lenders. She plans to buy quality threads such as "sedalina" in different wholesale colors.
Jeny and the rest of the women of this communal bank manage small textile businesses and poultry farms. Apart from access to small loans, they are trained on important topics such as nutrition, savings, family, and business. These themes are developed by a Friendship Bridge facilitator, who interacts with them through games and puzzles. This is part of the "Microcredit Plus" loan, non-formal education, and health services program.

Thank you Kiva lenders for impacting the lives of these rural women!