Total loan: $3,925

Chunimalense Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped apply for the 2nd KIVA loan because she will use it to buy high-quality yarn.

Chunimalense Group's story

The typical costumes of Guatemala are characterized by presenting an explosion of color and designs, which are made mostly by women in an ancient indigenous way.

Among them is Anastasia, 45, married and has 2 children (14, 17) who attend primary school. Some years ago, Anastasia realized that she needed to increase the family income, so she started the business of weaving "huipiles" or typical Chichicastenango blouses. The novel designs that Anastasia makes, are an attraction for buyers.

Anastasia applies for the 2nd KIVA loan because she will use it to buy high-quality yarn.

There are 8 K'iche 'Mayan women in the Puente de Amistad “Chunimalense” Communal Bank, who wear the colorful typical costume. They live in a rural area of Department / State of Quiché. The women come to request the 2nd KIVA loan to increase the capital of the textile businesses (“fajas”, belts, doggies, “huipiles”).

Anastasia participates monthly in the “Microcredit Plus” program of small loans, education and health. She and the other women in the group learn about the importance of saving, budgeting, taking care of their health, and asserting their rights (the children in the photo are part of the group).

Thanks to the KIVA lenders for funding that brings hope to women