Total loan: $4,400

Seguidoras De Cristo Group

Cabrican, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to expand her weaving business.

Seguidoras De Cristo Group's story

At the young age of 21, Mirea has a family business weaving traditional wraparound skirts called “cortes,” and she has one employee! She is a single woman who studied to be a teacher and lives with her parents. She is able to deliver four cortes each week. Mirea is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Seguidoras de Cristo” or “Followers of Christ” in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. She is currently requesting her first Kiva loan to have an additional loom for the business.

Mirea joins eight other ladies each month for their Trust Bank meetings. They speak Maya “Mam” and Spanish. The facilitator, who joins them and conducts educational trainings (part of the Microcredit Plus program of Friendship Bridge), is fluent in Maya Mam and designs the trainings that are based on useful everyday topics: business, health, family, women. The tools that the women acquire—such as planning, budgeting, and investing—help them with their small restaurants, traditional textile businesses, and sales of clothing and shoes. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care Microcredit Plus.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for learning about Mirea and her friends. They appreciate your kindness and your generosity!