Total loan: $3,675

Mujeres Sembradoras 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 high quality threads in various colors.

Mujeres Sembradoras Group's story

Colorful, traditional Mayan textiles have been woven on backstrap and floor looms for hundreds of years. The tradition is handed down from mother to daughter. Juana, a 46 year old married mother of 6 children (10-20), has a weaving workshop fabricating blouses/”huipiles”, and belts/”fajas”.

In this challenging time of the pandemic, she sells her clothing by order, communicating on her cell phone. Her children help by advertising on WhatsApp. Thanks to her income, her 3 older children have gone to school while the rest are still studying. Juana is requesting her 4st Kiva loan to buy high quality thread at the wholesale level.

Juana is the Treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Sembradores” and lives in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. There are 7 other Maya K’iche ladies in the group who are fruit farmers, raise animals and have traditional textile businesses. They meet monthly, make loan payments and participate in educational sessions (business, health, family, women), part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services. Since they have little or no formal education, a Facilitator uses pictures, diagrams, games and role playing to share the information. Every other month, they have access to healthcare services delivered by a nurse who speaks their “K’iche” language.

Thank you, Kiva investors!