Total loan: $4,600

Sector Gomez Group

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San Antonio Ilotenango, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy inventory for her convenience store and a wooden loom and tools.

Sector Gomez Group's story

The Mayan people are proud to continue their tradition of fabricating and wearing very colorful textiles that are woven on a floor or backstrap loom and embroidered with intricate designs. Dora, the secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Sector Gomez,” has a traditional textile business.

Dora shares, “I am single, 31 years old, and the mother of four children (2-10). Thanks to my business, I can support my family and send the older children to elementary school.” She has two employees who are able to support their own families, and the team is able to weave an average of 12 wraparound woven skirts, or “cortes,” each month.

Dora also has a convenience store. She is requesting her second Kiva loan to resupply the shelves of her store and buy a wooden loom and tools.

The eight women in the group have little or no formal education. That is why their monthly educational sessions — part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services — are vital to their success. Topics range from effective business practices to health, nutrition, and hygiene. Women’s roles, empowerment, and self-esteem are also featured.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the vital role you play in the lives of Dora and her friends.