Total loan: $5,550

Girasoles De San Juan Group

San Juan Sacatepequez, Sacatepequez, Guatemala Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy one loom, personal use products, and one showcase to display her products.

Girasoles De San Juan Group's story

Each fabric has a history behind its elaboration; more than fashion or colors, it represents dedication, family, values ​​and Mayan worldview. It is an art that has transcended generations with a working woman behind each loom.

This type of work has been converted by many women into fruitful businesses. One of them is Miriam, 33, president of the Community Bank of Friendship Bridge “Girasoles de San Juan”. She is married and has a vision of a different future for her family.

Miriam weaves traditional clothes and also sells products for personal use by catalog. She shares, “Thanks to my business, I support my husband with my daughter's primary education. I want her to have what it takes to finish high school.”

To achieve his goal, Miriam prepares to increase the inventory of her businesses. She wants to buy one loom, personal use products, and one showcase to display her products. This will be possible with the first Kiva loan that Miriam is requesting.

There are 12 women who make up the communal bank and come from a rural area of ​​the department (state) of Sacatepéquez. Despite not having complete schooling, they manage their small food and textile businesses. Training on health, business, and women and families are benefits for these women in the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge.

Thanks to the Kiva lenders for the trust and financing for this important loan.

(The girl in the photo is the daughter of one of the members of the group.)