Total loan: $3,275

Saquilla Group

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

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A loan helped to buy high-quality thread and a backstrap loom!

Saquilla Group's story

A traditional Mayan rectangular blouse is called a “huipil”. They are woven and embroidered with colorful thread. These garments are treasured by the wearer and admired by textile lovers throughout the world.

The 58-year-old Josefa is a textile artisan and employs two people to assist in her business. She is married with nine children who are all over the age of 19. Her husband is a day laborer and during the season, he harvests fruits and basic grains. Their combined income covers household expenses.

This is Josefa's 4th request for a Kiva loan to buy high-quality thread in various colors, as well as a backstrap loom. Thank you, Kiva investors!

Josefa is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Saquilla” in the department/state of Quiche. Six other women are in the group who have convenience stores, corn grinding shops and traditional textile workshops. They meet monthly in their Trust Bank and learn a great deal in their educational trainings that cover practical topics like business, health, family and women. These sessions are designed by a Facilitator who uses pictures, drawings, games and role playing to share information.

Every two months, they participate in the Friendship Bridge “Health for Life” program. A visiting nurse offers all kinds of exams and services like blood sugar and hypertension screenings, PAP smears and more. Friendship Bridge calls this combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus.”