Total loan: $5,075

Costureras Clarenas Group

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

Costureras Clarenas Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy more colorful thread and more chicks for her two businesses.

Costureras Clarenas Group's story

Twenty-five year old Karen, a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Costureras Clarenas,” shares, “The traditional textiles of our department/state of Solola are made using ancient weaving and embroidery techniques, and this gives them great value.” She also raises poultry to generate additional income. Karen is enthusiastic about her businesses.

Because of the high demand for new styles and designs for her textiles, Karen is requesting her third KIVA loan. She plans to buy more colorful thread and more chicks for her businesses. Some of her income will be set aside to send her three children (ages 4-9) to school.

There are eight ladies in their Trust Bank. Some have businesses raising poultry and pigs, while others sew pants or weave/embroider traditional textiles. They meet monthly to make loan payments and then participate in useful educational trainings that help them make more informed decisions about business, health, family matters and women’s issues. Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the useful combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus.”

KIVA investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are highly appreciated by Karen and her friends. Thank you to each of you for your kindness and your generosity!