Total loan: $5,850

La Cumbre Group

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San Antonio Ilotenango, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy silk thread in bulk.

La Cumbre Group's story

Each area of ​​Guatemala has its own textile traditions and the Mayan women who wear the costumes or "suit" wear it with great pride and look beautiful. In the department / state of Quiché these textiles are in high demand. Juana, 30 years old, knows this and for this reason she is dedicated to weaving typical “cuts” skirts. Juana's traditional textile business is a family business. Every afternoon, she fixes the thread on a metal tool called a "wheel." Later, her husband and two employees weave "cuts" on two-story looms. With the income obtained, Juana is providing a better quality of life to her 3 children, ages 18 months to 14 years. Juana requests her first loan from Kiva to buy silk thread in bulk. She was able to go to school for 2 years. However, her monthly educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” loan, education and health services program, benefit her greatly. She learns to budget, plan, and invest. Juana also obtains information on health, family issues (nutrition, hygiene, use of medicinal plants) and women's issues (violence against women, self-esteem, empowerment, roles and rights of women). (The children in the photo are part of the group). KIVA's lenders, in partnership with Friendship Bridge, are helping Juana and her friends in the group create their own paths out of poverty. Thank you!