Total loan: $2,850

Fresas De Ojo De Agua Group

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San Juan Cotzal, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy accessories for her backstrap loom, and a large quantity of thread.

Fresas De Ojo De Agua Group's story

Catarina, a married mother of 6 children (ages 6 to 16), lives in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. Because their husbands do not earn enough to support their families, Catarina and her neighbors began their own businesses. Every afternoon, Catarina weaves beautiful traditional blouses called “huipiles”. Often, neighbors come to visit, or to learn how to weave and embroider.

Catarina is happy that her neighbors are so interested in her work! She wants to enlarge the business and is requesting her first KIVA loan to buy accessories for her backstrap loom, and a large quantity of thread in various colors.

Catarina and seven other women formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank called “Fresas de Ojo de Agua”. They meet monthly and punctually make loan payments. They participate in educational training sessions that cover an aspect of four topics: business, health, women, family. The business information helps them with their convenience stores, small poultry businesses, prepared food stands and traditional textile workshops.

They also learn about advertising their products and services on Facebook and WhatsApp! Every other month, a visiting nurse comes to them and offers services like blood pressure and breast exams, PAP smears and family planning consults. This effective combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”.

It would be impossible for these women to walk into a bank to secure a loan. KIVA investors are highly appreciated! Thank you to each of you!