Total loan: $4,925

Las Flores Salcaja Group

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Salcaja, Quetzaltenango, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped use the Kiva loan to buy a wooden loom with her respective tools.

Las Flores Salcaja Group's story

In Guatemala, the typical clothing that includes the typical “skirt” cut is a garment that goes with the traditions and customs of the Mayan ancestral culture. Maricela, the secretary of the Community Bank of Friendship Bridge "Las Flores Salcaja", uses this type of clothing and manages her small workshop of typical "skirt" cuts. She is Maya K'iche, is 30 years old, and lives with her husband and four children (each of whom is 5 to 12 years old). Maricela studied to the sixth grade and wants her children to be successful professionals in the future. This school year, three of her children will receive a full education. The business is growing, so she employs four people who make an average of 15 cuts a week. Maricela is requesting this fifth Kiva loan to buy one wooden loom with its respective tools. She assures that with this tool she will increase the production of the business and fulfill the requested orders. (The child in the picture is the son of one of the group members.)

The 10 women in the group are from the department (state) of Quetzaltenango, speak the K’iche language, and are weavers of typical cuts. They expect to meet every month to participate in training on business, health, family, and women. These topics are part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of Puente de Amistad (loans, training, and health). These services are useful for women who generally have little or no formal education. Every two months, a nurse offers blood pressure checks, pap smears, and family planning.

Thank you, Kiva lenders!