Total loan: $4,825

Ukux Kem Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts

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

Ukux Kem Group's story

Men have traditionally used floor looms to weave wrap around or “cortes” in the traditional “jaspe” or ikat pattern. These looms were introduced to Guatemala after the Spanish invasion in 1524. Juana, a 49 year old, lives in the department/state of Totonicapan, an area well known for the production of fine “cortes”. She is grateful that her three children (20+) collaborate with her in the business because her husband died five years ago. They spend their days at the floor looms, weaving “cortes” with various colors of high quality thread. Juana sells her “cortes” in local markets and also on social media. The income from the business enables her to take care of household expenses and the education of her three grandchildren! She requests her 6th Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of high quality thread.

Juana is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Ukux Kem”. There are six other ladies in the group who enthusiastically participate in the educational sessions in their monthly meetings. Topics are relevant to their lives and include information about health, family, women and business. In this challenging time of the pandemic, emphasis is placed on wearing masks, keeping social distance and washing hands. Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

These women send their gratitude to Kiva investors for funding their much needed loans. Thank you!