Total loan: $3,200

Mujeres Emprendedoras Nimasac Group

San Andrés Xecul, Quetzaltenango, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

Mujeres Emprendedoras Nimasac Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of cones of thread for herself and the two traditional weavers she employs.

Mujeres Emprendedoras Nimasac Group's story

Macaria is a young 25 year old entrepreneur who began her traditional clothing business weaving skirts or “cortes” two years ago. She has one loom and employs 2 people who have their own looms in their homes. Macaria supplies the thread to them so that they can help fill orders. Each week, she delivers 8 “cortes” to the huge textile market in the town of Salcaja. She has received special permission to travel there as the town is in another state and due to Covid19, there are many governmental restrictions for traveling.

Macaria is single and lives with her parents. She is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Emprendedoras” along with 7 other Maya K’iche ladies who live in a rural area in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. The women raise goats and also have traditional textile businesses. Ladies who live in this area of Guatemala are fiercely proud of their cultural traditions and although styles change regularly, wear colorful regional clothing with beautiful designs. They meet monthly with a facilitator and learn about how best to care for themselves and their families and how most effectively to run their businesses. Every other month, they receive a visit from a traveling nurse. This relevant combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”. (The child in the photograph is the son of a borrower.)

Thank you, KIVA investors, for “stepping up to the plate” during this challenging time!