Total loan: $5,975

Chichiyal Group

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Santa Clara La Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy additional baskets of all sizes.

Chichiyal Group's story

Sturdy, hand-woven, straw baskets are a common sight in the highlands of Guatemala and are often placed on a woman’s head filled with produce or merchandise. Along with her husband, 35-year-old Ana, a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Chichiyal,” weaves baskets made of sugar cane stalks. Then to sell her popular baskets, she travels to three nearby markets in the department/state of Solola.

Ana is requesting her first KIVA loan to buy additional baskets of all sizes. She is certain that with an expanded inventory, she will be able to cover the educational costs of her school-age children. Three out of four of them are currently in school.

There are eight women in their Trust Bank. Some have animal husbandry (poultry, cattle) and traditional textile businesses, while others sell farm vegetables or have convenience stores. They meet monthly to make loan payments and look forward to educational trainings drawn from four areas: business, health, family and women. They are taught by a facilitator, who uses pictures, diagrams, games and role playing to share the information. Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

Ana shares, “ Dear KIVA investors - Without your help, we would not be successful. Thank you!”