Total loan: $2,725

Las Carrillo Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Services

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

A loan helped to buy fabric rolls in different designs.

Las Carrillo Group's story

The traditional Guatemalan dress called "suit" consists of a rectangular "huipil" colored blouse, a "cut" skirt and a multicolored woven and embroidered "sash" or belt with a variety of designs. This set is accompanied by an apron that matches the complete set.

Catarina, the president of the Communal Bank of Puente de Amistad "Las Carrillo", is a 44-year-old K'iche woman, who learned to sew traditional textiles as a child and opened her own business. Catarina lives with her husband and nine children (5 to 23 years old) in the Department / State of Totonicapán. She has one year of education and sends all her children to school so that they have a complete education. To continue growing her business, Catarina is requesting the third loan from Kiva to buy a variety of fabric rolls.

Non-formal education is the backbone of the "Microcredit Plus" program that combines loans, education and health care services. Since the 32,000 women in the program have little or no formal education, a facilitator uses games, pictures, and diagrams to share information on one aspect of four topics: business, health, women, family. Themes are regularly updated to reflect the changing needs of women. The information on effective business practices can be applied immediately and helps the seven women of this communal bank with their textile and sewing businesses.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for the vital role you play in supporting these women!