Total loan: $4,125

Las Gaviotas Group

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San Juan Ostuncalco, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of thread in various colors.

Las Gaviotas Group's story

Backstrap and floor looms have traditionally been used to weave colorful Maya textiles. Ladies like Elsa, a 27 year old mother of two boys (4,8), have weaving businesses and part of their income goes toward household expenses and their children’s education. Elsa speaks Maya “Mam” and, with difficulty, Spanish. She takes custom orders by telephone or WhatsApp where she also advertises. Elsa employs three other people who help with the weaving of traditional blouses or “huipiles”. The year end holidays are approaching and Elsa needs more high quality thread in various colors. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of high quality thread in various colors.

Elsa, along with six of her neighbors, have joined together to participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. They meet monthly in their Trust Bank called “Las Gaviotas” in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. These ladies have small fruit orchards, traditional textile businesses, and raise animals. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they make loan payments and participate in educational sessions that are crucial for their success. Topics like planning, budgeting and investing help them with their businesses. Learning about health, hygiene, and nutrition helps them care for themselves and their families. Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services.

Elsa and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva investors!