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Total loan: $4,800

Cumez Group

Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy high quality thread.

Cumez Group's story

The colorful, traditional blouses or “huipiles” of the town of Chichicastenango are among the most prized in Guatemala. Sebastiana is the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Cumez”, located in the department/state of Quiche. She sells these textile treasures and has six employees who are able to help support their own families. Sebastiana sells 20 top quality “huipiles” each week.

She is 59 years old, married, and a mother of six grown children who range in age from 18-34. The older ones graduated from high school while the younger only reached the 6th grade. Her husband sells undergarments in Guatemala City. Sebastiana is requesting her 4th Kiva loan to buy high quality thread.

There are 10 Maya K’iche ladies in the group who have traditional textile businesses weaving “huipiles”, belts or “fajas”, shawls or “chalinas”, and utility cloths or “perrajes”. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they share stories, make loan payments, and participate in educational trainings on business, health, family, and women. These trainings are crucial to the success of the women since they often have little or no formal education. Sebastiana has a 4th grade education.

Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls this effective combination of loans, education, and health care services “Microcredit Plus”. These women are excited to empower themselves and be successful. Thank you, Kiva investors!