Total loan: $5,275

Trabajadoras De Xequistan Group

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Cunen, El Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy thread for her weaving business.

Trabajadoras De Xequistan Group's story

Marta is Maya K’iche and a 22-year-old married mother of three children, ages 1,5, and 7. She shares, “Traditional textiles are part of our identity and reflect our culture, folklore and cosmological beliefs.” For several years, she has woven wrap-around skirts called “cortes.” She also sells basic grains (rice and beans), as well as vegetables (tomatoes). She lives in the department/state of Quiche. Marta is running low on thread for her weaving and needs to buy more thread at the wholesale level.

Marta is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank (“Trabajadoras de Xequistel”) along with nine other Maya K’iche ladies. She attended school for six years and continues to learn about relevant topics in her monthly Trust Bank meetings. Topics like budgeting and investing help her in her business while learning about nutrition, hygiene and health are important for her to understand since she cares for herself and her family. Every other month, Marta has access to health care when a visiting nurse communicates with her either by phone or personal visit. Friendship Bridge calls this useful combination of health care, education and loans, “Microcredit Plus”. It gives Marta and her friends in the group hope for a more prosperous and successful future.

Thank you Kiva investors for the vital role you play in the lives of Marta and the ladies in the “Trabajadoras de Xequistan” Trust Bank now poised to step into a brighter future benefiting themselves, their families and their community!