Total loan: $2,400

Zulamita Group

Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped Glendy wants to buy a large quantity of thread, fabric, paint and embroidery supplies.

Zulamita Group's story

Talented Maya women have a long history of weaving which stretches back over 2,000 years. Weaving is considered a sacred art form that is tied directly to their spiritual cosmology. Today, talented artisans weave and embroider colorful textiles and among them are beautiful blouses or “huipiles”. Glendy, a young talented, empowered 19 year old artisan, is one of them. She is single and shares that last year, she graduated with a teaching degree but could not find employment. So, Glendy used her artistic talents to draw figures and flowers that would be then embroidered on “huipiles”. She is requesting a KIVA loan to buy a large quantity of thread, fabric, paint and embroidery supplies. Glendy is a secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Zulamita” along with 7 other ladies who live in a rural area in the department/state of Solola. They will use KIVA loans in their traditional textile, shoe and prepared food businesses. Usually, they meet monthly with a Facilitator who shares relevant information with them based on 4 topics: health, family, women, business. Due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus, the women communicate with the Facilitator via cell phone or WhatsApp. A nurse communicates with them every 2 months. This useful combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”. Thank you, KIVA investors, for your kindness, especially appreciated during this most challenging time!