Total loan: $2,900

Mujeres De Quejchip Group

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Nebaj, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to invest in the purchase of a variety of yarns and some pigs for the second Kiva loan.

Mujeres De Quejchip Group's story

Catarina is a 49-year-old woman who lives in a rural area of ​​the Department / State of Quiché. She is clearly of the Ixil ethnic group and communicates with difficulty in Spanish.

Catarina is the mother of seven children (14 to 30) and grandmother of two children. Recently she has been widowed.

To earn a living and provide basic conditions for her young children, she dedicates herself to making beautiful and colorful “huipiles” with a tool called a backstrap loom.

She spreads the threads on the loom and weaves until she successfully obtains a huipil. In addition to the textile business, Catarina raises pigs.

To increase the inventory of the business, she requests the second Kiva loan to invest in the purchase of a variety of yarns and some pigs.

In the Community Bank of Puente de Amistad Mujeres de Quejchip, eight women of the Mayan Ixil ethnic group have joined. They live in the high mountains of the department (state) of Quiché.

Catarina is one of the 32,000 women who are part of Puente de Amistad's Microcredit Plus program. She and her classmates learn about the importance of hygiene, nutrition, business management and decision-making habits.

The women make loan payments at their monthly meetings and participate in educational training sessions (family, women, business, health) that are vital to their success. Every two months, they have access to basic health services.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for contributing to the development of Mayan women.