Total loan: $4,225

Mariense Group

Santa Maria Visitacion, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

Mariense Group's loan finished fundraising, but these other borrowers need your support

A loan helped to buy yarn and patterns to draw a variety of designs and fabrics.

Mariense Group's story

There are 6 Tzutujiles Mayan women in the "Mariense" Community Bridge Friendship Bank group who live near the beautiful lake of Atitlan in the department / state of Sololá. Local women proudly wear colorful traditional textiles.

Angela is one of these women who wears these clothes. She is the secretary of the group, married and 34 years old. Angela is an artisan who embroiders beautiful “huipiles” or typical blouses. The most common designs that are requested are stars and geometric figures with the technique of the crosshead. Angela delivers 6 blouses a month. To help her husband with household expenses, she reserves part of her income for the continuing education of her 2 oldest children (ages 6 & 9), while the 2-year-old does not study. To continue with the business, Angela is requesting her 1st Kiva loan to buy yarn and patterns to draw a variety of designs and fabrics.

The "Microcredit Plus" program offers 3 great benefits to more than 30,000 female clients of Puente de Amistad (education, health, and small loans). This allows Ángela and the rest of her classmates to strengthen their knowledge and build better life opportunities for themselves and their families. They will learn about effective business management practices, nutrition, health, and hygiene. They are sure that the topics learned will be put into practice in their textile, agriculture, bread, and handicraft businesses.

Angela and her companions greatly appreciate the lenders of Kiva for their support. Thank you!