Total loan: $5,300

Luchadoras Del Temal Group

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Joyabaj, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a sewing machine and thus offer innovative embroidery to her customers.

Luchadoras Del Temal Group's story

Guatemalan indigenous women have been locked into generational cycles of poverty, as well as very limited access to education and basic health services. The 30,000 underserved women who participate in the "Microcredit Plus" loan program (training and health) of Puente de Amistad are determined to empower themselves, educate their children, and eliminate poverty.

One of them is Jimena, 27, president of the Community Bank of Friendship Bridge "Luchadoras del Temal." She shares: “I attended primary school for a year. My mom sold textiles in different markets. I accompanied her on her trips and did not study.”

Despite this situation, Jimena learned the business and 8 years ago started her own. She weaves and embroiders colorful “cuts” and typical “huipiles” that she then sells in the market. She would like to invest in her business to offer machine embroidery.

Thus, Jimena is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy a sewing machine. With the profits earned, she will pay the educational expenses of her 7-year-old daughter.

There are 7 women of the Mayan K’iche ethnic group in the group; they live in a rural area of ​​the Department/State of Quiché. They have textile weaving and embroidery businesses, and convenience stores. Some raise farm animals and others are beekeepers. They learn to manage their business at their monthly meetings.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for financing these loans!