Total loan: $1,600

Mujeres El Rancho Group

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Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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

A loan helped named Marta who needs raw materials for her basket-making business.

Mujeres El Rancho Group's story

Baskets and wicker containers have been used for thousands of years throughout the Americas. Fabricated from local raw materials, they are still woven and used today in many countries, including Guatemala.

Thirty-six-year-old Marta, the treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank,“Mujeres El Rancho,” watched her parents when she was a child and learned a great deal. Now, she has her own basket-weaving business that is enjoying increased popularity each month.

Marta plans to buy more raw materials like fibers and thread, and she is requesting her fifth Kiva loan for this purpose.

The Trust Bank was formed by seven motivated women who have businesses ranging from traditional textiles and handicraft fabrication to basket making. They look forward to their monthly meetings when the ladies make loan payments and participate in educational sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics for the sessions are relevant to their lives and include an aspect of four subjects: business, health, family, women. Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services like PAP smears and family planning.

Marta and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva investors from all parts of the world who learn about them and fund their much-needed loans. Thank you!.