Total loan: $3,625

Mujeres Unidas Patzun Group

Patzun, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Arts

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

A loan helped to buy multi-colored yarn for her textiles, as well as wood, paint, and ornaments to make coffins for the funeral business.

Mujeres Unidas Patzun Group's story

Many of the hardworking and dedicated women, who participate in the Puente de Amistad "Microcredit Plus" loan, education and health care program, have more than one business. Rebeca is one of these women. She is married, 35 years old and the mother of five children (6 months to 12 years old). She is an embroiderer who makes beautiful blouses also called "huipiles", as well as having a funeral parlor. Rebeca works with her husband in making and designing the wooden caskets. As the businesses have grown, Rebeca has employed five people to work in the two businesses. She is applying for her 2nd Kiva loan to buy raw materials for her two businesses, which includes high-quality yarn for textiles, as well as wood, paint, and casket trim.

Seven Maya Kaqchikel women are members of the Communal Bank of Friendship Bridge "Mujeres Unidas Patzun" in the department / state of Chimaltenango. Like Rebeca, the other women are talented artisans, selling food, operating corn tortilla shops, and having funeral homes. They have an average of six years of formal education. In their monthly meetings, now held by cell phone, the ladies participate in educational training sessions that cover one aspect of 4 topics: health, family, women, business. Rebeca shares that the topics about savings and good investment have helped her to succeed in her business.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for taking the time to learn about Rebeca and her partners. We greatly appreciate your generosity!