Total loan: $5,875

Fuente De Agua Viva Xoltacche Group

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Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy yarn and boxes of grapes and apples.

Fuente De Agua Viva Xoltacche Group's story

The cross stitch is a popular form of embroidery that uses "X" shaped stitches. This technique is used widely by Mayan women in Western Guatemalan. They stretch fabric in large metal racks to give life to peacock and flower designs.

Rosa, a 24-year-old woman, is very productive at managing this textile business. She provides an opportunity for the ten women who work for her. Rosa is the secretary of the Puente de Amistad “Fuente de Agua Viva Xoltacche” community bank. She tells us in her native tongue, K’iche, "Thanks to the income generated by the business, I help my husband with my two children's basic expenses. (They are two-months and four-years old). I attended school for six years, but my greatest wish is that my children receive future higher education. ” Rosa takes advantage the holiday season to increase her income by selling seasonal fruit. She is requesting her first loan with KIVA to buy yarn and boxes of grapes and apples.

Rosa and her ten friends from this group live in a rural area of ​​Totonicapán Department. They have small businesses such as staple goods stores, textiles and fruit sales. The "Microcredit Plus" program of Puente de Amistad offers monthly trainings through which women like Rosa learn about business, health, family and women's issues. The experience is a lot of fun for these women.

Thank you Kiva lenders for impacting the lives of Mayan women. Thank you!