Total loan: $5,050

Chuatroj Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts

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

A loan helped to buy two used floor looms along with tools for the looms.

Chuatroj Group's story

The 32,000 women who participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program (loans, education, healthcare services) have an average of 3 years of formal education. In spite of this limitation, they seek opportunities to educate themselves in their adult years.

Such is the case of 45 year old Romelia, the Secretary of theTrust Bank “Chuatroj”. She is a single mother of 2 children (6,19) who are enrolled in schools. Romelia went to adult school and finished the 6th grade. She started her traditional textile business 25 years ago weaving wrap around skirts or “cortes” on a floor loom. Now, she has 6 looms, employs 5 people and is able to deliver 20 “cortes” each month. Romelia wants to expand the business and is requesting her 1st KIVA loan to buy 2 used floor looms along with tools.

There are 8 Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank who look forward to their monthly meetings when they make loan payments and participate in educational sessions (business, health, family, women). This month, they are learning to use social media to investigate ways to improve their businesses and promote their products to other markets. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services.

Romelia and her friends greatly appreciate the kindness of KIVA investors who fund their loans. Thank you to each of you!