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Total loan: $4,025

Ukux Kem Group

Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of spools of thread.

Ukux Kem Group's story

The traditional colorful handicrafts and textiles created in the villages and rural areas in the Western Highlands of Guatemala help talented artisans support themselves and their families.

Estefana, the single, 26-year-old secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Ukux Kem,” has such a business weaving “cortes,” traditional wraparound tube skirts. She can weave eight “cortes” each month. Her income supports herself and her 47-year-old mother, with whom she lives.

Estefana is requesting her sixth Kiva loan to buy a variety of spools of thread.

Estefana was fortunate to attend school for six years. Most of the women in her group have little or no formal education. They all benefit from their monthly educational training, designed by a facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, games and role-playing to share information. Topics are relevant to their lives and cover an aspect of four topics: business, health, family, and women.

Estefana shares, “The variety of topics helps us to develop and empower ourselves as businesswomen and leaders.” Every other month, the ladies can access basic health care services.

Underserved women like Estefana and her friends find obstacles when they need loans and health care services. Kiva, partnering with Friendship Bridge, helps them to open doors to a brighter and more prosperous future benefitting themselves, their families and their communities. Thank you, Kiva lenders!