Total loan: $3,175

Luz De Estrella Group

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Nebaj, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped Juana, a tilted weaver, to buy a large quantity of thread.

Luz De Estrella Group's story

childMayan women wear their colorful and impressive traditional textiles every day with great pride. Juana, a married 50-year-old mother of seven children (ages 12-25), wears a complete outfit or “traje.” She works together with three of her children weaving wraparound “tube” skirts called “cortes.” Two of her children arrange the thread and Juana and the oldest son are the weavers. They are able to produce 16 “cortes” every month! With the income, Juana has been able to send all of her children to school. Right now, she is requesting her first KIVA loan to buy a large quantity of thread.

Juana, along with six other Maya K’iche’ ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Luz de Estrella” or “Starlight.” The women live high in the mountains in the department/state of Quiché. They all have traditional textile businesses. The “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge is a huge help to them. At their monthly meetings, a facilitator shares relevant information with them about an aspect of four topics: business, health, family, and women. The ladies learn about self-esteem, empowerment and how to build a brighter future. Often they share what they learn with family members and friends. Twice each month, they have access to healthcare services. This is especially important at the current time of COVID19. "The child in the photo is part of the group."

A small loan provided by Kiva investors can go a long way, especially during this challenging time. Thank you to each of you!