Total loan: $400

Union Canoense Group

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San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Clothing

Union Canoense Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy newly designed fashionable huipiles.

Union Canoense Group's story

During this challenging time of coronavirus, hardworking and determined women like Nilda, 41 years old, look for creative strategies to support their families and get ahead. Nilda is married and has four children, from 4 to 18 years old. Currently, three of her children attend school and one was able to finish high school this year.

To help her husband with household expenses, Nilda buys and sells huipiles [traditional blouses] as a street vendor, from house to house in her community. With the reopening of the economy in Guatemala, sales are increasing and Nilda wants to increase her inventory. She is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy a variety of styles of blouses to generate more sales during the end-of-year parties.

Nilda is treasurer of the Puente de Amistad "Unión Canoense” Communal Bank, located in the department and state of Sololá. There are 6 other women in the group and all of them are Mayan Kaqchikel descendants. They are participating in the "Microcredit Plus" program of loans, education, and health.

These women generally meet once a month, but due to the coronavirus restrictions, they currently communicate with their facilitator by cell phone or WhatsApp or occasionally the facilitator comes to their community. Nilda and her group members are getting ahead in their businesses of cattle sales and raising poultry and pigs.

Thank you Kiva lenders for supporting these women!