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Total loan: $2,325

El Buen Sembrador Group

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

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of various colors of thread.


El Buen Sembrador Group's story

Weaving colorful, traditional textiles is an art that has been handed down for generations. Often travelers remark that watching a Mayan woman walk down the street in her colorful outfit, or “traje,” transforms her into a moving work of art.

Elisa, a 34-year-old married mother of a 10 year-old-son, has a traditional textile business. She wants to help her husband cover household expenses, including the education of their son.

Elisa is known in her rural area in the department/state of Quiche for her high-quality workmanship and offers clothing in the latest designs. She is able to fill orders efficiently and quickly.

Elisa is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of various colors of thread.

Elisa, along with six other ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “El Buen Sembrador.” They raise poultry and pigs. In their traditional textile businesses, they offer the unique designs and colors from 22 departments/states in Guatemala.

In their monthly educational training, the women have learned how to advertise their animals and textiles on social media. They have also learned about health and how to care for themselves and their families during this time of the pandemic. Other topics include women’s issues, family matters, and effective business management tools.

Every other month, they have access to preventative healthcare services. “Microcredit Plus” is the name of the combination of loans, education, and health care.

Thank you, Kiva investors!