Total loan: $3,950

Las Tejedoras De Chajul Group

San Gaspar Chajul, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped buy high quality yarn.

Las Tejedoras De Chajul Group's story

The women in many rural areas of Guatemala are mostly engaged in the elaborate weaving of garments typical of each place. In this way, they transmit their culture and maintain traditions. For some women, this activity is a source of income because they do not have a formal job due to their lack of education.

This is the case for Juana, who is the treasurer of the Community Bank of Friendship Bridge Group Las Tejedoras de Chajul. She is 28 years old and had the opportunity to study for six years. Juana is single and lives with her parents and siblings. To generate income and pay her own expenses, she weaves “huipiles,” which are blouses, and typical belts. Her clientele look to Juana for innovative designs that range from flowers, ducks and horse designs.

Juana is requesting a loan to buy a variety of high-quality yarn. She will use her loan to increase her inventory and sell more products. The ten women in the group Las Tejedoras de Chajul are located in a rural area of ​​the Department of Quiché. They all speak Ixil, a Mayan language, and operate a variety of small businesses that range from textile manufacturing to animal husbandry. The group meets monthly to participate in the Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and health care services. Topics include natural medicine, nutrition and self-esteem as well as business management skills.

Las Tejedoras de Chajul Group thanks Kiva lenders for their financing.