Total loan: $3,575

Pena Blanca Group

Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of high quality thread.

Pena Blanca Group's story

Marcela, a 59-year-old married mother of six children, ages 16 to 40 and grandmother of many grandchildren, is proud to carry on the tradition of weaving and embroidering colorful traditional textiles. She has two employees and delivers two traditional blouses ( “huipiles”) each week to the local market and to community members.

She shares, “My biggest wish is that my daughters, daughter-in-laws, and granddaughters understand the importance of carrying on this tradition and that one day, they have their own businesses." She is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of high quality thread in many colors.

Marcela and six other Maya Kaqchikel ladies are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Pena Blanca” located in the department/state of Solola. Due to the coronavirus, their April meeting will be held over the telephone. Usually, a topic for the monthly educational session is based on an aspect of four topics: business, health, family, and women. This month, the ladies are learning about how to adjust to this special time to maintain their businesses and care for their families. Marcela shares, “I am sure that with this information, we will be able to fortify and empower ourselves”. The boy in the photograph is the son of one of the women.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your kindness and generosity during this challenging time. Your loan support will be especially appreciated by Marcela and her friends!!