Total loan: $3,450

Las Gaviotas Group

San Juan Ostuncalco, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy raw materials for her business such as thread cones and needles of different sizes to continue embroidering.

Las Gaviotas Group's story

Blanca, a member of the Community Bank of Friendship Bridge "Las Gaviotas," says, "Traditional textiles are part of our identity and reflect culture, folklore, and worldview." She is 21 years old and lives with her husband and 3-year-old son.

For Blanca, the weaving and embroidery of typical blouses called “huipiles” has had an economic impact on her home for six years. Thanks to this income, she is building a better future for her family, which lives in the rural area of ​​the Department (state) of Quetzaltenango. Blanca has two embroidery techniques: the first is by hand with needles, thread, and racks, and the second is with the sewing machine. As the business has grown, Blanca employed another woman, who takes development to her family. She is requesting the second Kiva loan to buy thread cones and needles.

The seven women of this communal bank are of Mam Mayan ethnicity and with difficulty speak Spanish. They run small textile businesses, sell chickens, make chocolate, and are seamstresses. They learn to manage their business in monthly training, as part of the small loan, non-formal education and health services Microcredit Plus program. Because the women have little or no formal education, these trainings are taught by a facilitator who speaks in their language and uses images and games to share information.

Thanks to the friendly hand of Kiva and Puente de Amistad lenders, women like Blanca reach bright futures!