Total loan: $3,475

Inocentes Group

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San Jorge la Laguna, Guatemala, Guatemala / Arts

Inocentes Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy beads and bamboo in different sizes and colors.

Inocentes Group's story

Traditional handicrafts created in the rural areas of the Department (state) of Sololá help talented artisans to improve their living conditions. This is true for Karina, a 27-year-old Kaqchikel Mayan woman, who is part of the "Innocent" Community Bridge Friendship Bank. She is a single mother of 2 children (ages 2 and 5). To make a living, Karina makes bracelets, rings and necklaces with "mostacilla" beads and bamboo. Karina employs a person who helps her with the weekly delivery of this product. These revenues allow Karina to cover the basic expenses of her children and her. Karina needs to increase the inventory of the business to cover several orders. She asks Kiva lenders for a 3rd loan. With this capital Karina will buy beads and bamboo in different sizes and colors.

Most of these women in the group have little or no formal education. Thanks to the training offered by the “Microcredit Plus” program of Puente de Amistad, they benefit from the monthly training. An institution facilitator speaks to them in their own language and uses images and games to share information. In Karina's words: "By having access to the loan, I also learn to invest the money and avoid overindebtedness. Every 2 months, I attend basic health services. This is very good." (The child in the picture is the son of one of the borrowers).

Kiva, in association with Puente de Amistad, helps these women open development doors. Thank you!