Total loan: $3,525

Santa Maria 2 Group

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Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

Santa Maria 2 Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped purchase high quality multicolored yarn and beads.

Santa Maria 2 Group's story

Guatemala, known as the "Heart of the Mayan World", is a country with rich cultural traditions including beautiful textiles. This is the business of Griselda, 23, a teacher graduate. She is a single woman who lives next to her parents. As a child, she learned from her mother the art of weaving typical "huipiles," blouses with colorful ornaments. In this business, Griselda works together with her mother, and her desire is to continue the legacy and pass it on to the younger generations.

To continue investing in the business, she is requesting a second loan from Kiva lenders to purchase high quality multicolored yarn and beads. Griselda is one of the seven women who make up the Communal Bank of Puente de Amistad "Santa Maria 2". They speak the native language Kaqchiquel and, with difficulty, Spanish. All of these women have agricultural, poultry and textile businesses.

The monthly educational training sessions, which are part of the organization's "Microcredit Plus" program, have been of great value to them. They have learned about how to save, prioritize expenses and budget as well as the importance of nutrition and healthy practices. In these meetings, a facilitator from the institution emphasizes the importance of opening new businesses, keeping physical distance, wearing masks, disinfecting surfaces and washing hands. (The children in the photograph are children of the borrowers).

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for your kindness in financing loans for these Mayan women.