Total loan: $4,950

Las Flores Salcaja Group

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Salcaja, Quetzaltenango, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy thread in bulk and plants to extract dye.

Las Flores Salcaja Group's story

Natural dyes extracted from leaves, bark and insects have been used for centuries to dye cloth by the Maya. Maria, a 26 year old weaver, is proud to carry on this tradition. She is the married mother of 2 children (4 and 8). Maria was fortunate to attend school for 9 years. She wants to share with you that it is important for her to contribute to the family income. Also, she says that many of her neighbors come to her home bringing thread that they have dyed. Maria uses the naturally dyed thread in traditional blouses/”huipiles”, skirts/”cortes” and belts/”fajas”. She is requesting her 6th KIVA loan to buy thread in bulk and plants she will use to extract dye from.

Maria is the Treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Flores Salcaja” in the department/ state of Quetzaltenango. The town where she lives has a very large textile market and shoppers come from all areas of Guatemala and beyond to shop and admire textiles. There are 10 other women in the group who look forward to their monthly meetings, make prompt loan payments and participate in relevant educational training sessions about business, health, family and women. Every other month, the ladies have access to health care services. This useful combination of loans, education and healthcare is called “Microcredit Plus”. It is greatly appreciated by Maria and her friends in the Trust Bank.

Thank you, KIVA investors!