Total loan: $5,025

Nueva Esperanza Group

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San Cristobal Totonicapan , Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of high quality threads in various colors.

Nueva Esperanza Group's story

Traditional wraparound woven skirts called “cortes” can have intricate “jaspe” or “ikat” patterns. Arranging the threads before beginning to weave them on a floor loom is time consuming and labor intensive.

Santa, a 41-year-old married Maya “K’iche” mother with six children (4-21), is a weaver. Her husband and older children also weave, helping the family cover household and educational expenses.

Santa shares, “We are currently enjoying success in four nearby markets where we sell our 'cortes' because our customers like the color combinations.”

Santa is requesting her sixth Kiva loan to buy a variety of high quality thread in various colors.

Santa and nine other Maya “K’iche” ladies who live in a rural area in the department/state of Totonicapan are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Nueva Esperanza,” or “New Hope.” They share common goals of helping their husbands with household and educational expenses. They learn about planning, budgeting, investing and saving in their monthly meetings. Other topics are nutrition, health, hygiene and precautions to take during the pandemic. Every two months, they have access to health care services when a visiting nurse offers all kinds of exams and services. The educational sessions and health care services are the “plus” in the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services.

Kiva lenders, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are highly valued by Santa and her friends. Thank you to each of you!