Total loan: $5,250

Chacap Group

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Santa Maria Visitacion, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of threads in various colors for her embroidery business.

Chacap Group's story

Traditional Maya textiles are admired throughout the world for their intricate designs and bright colors. Isabel, a 41 year old married mother of 4 children (14-26), embroiders beautiful blouses called “huipiles”. She shares, “I am very motivated because my business is growing considerably!” Some of her income has been earmarked for the education of her 3 older children who finished elementary school. Isabel requests a loan to buy a large quantity of threads in various colors.

Isabel, along with 7 other Maya K’iche ladies participate, in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Their Trust Bank is called “Chacap” and is located in the department/state of Solola. They meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational sessions (health, family, women, business). Obtaining useful information about business helps them manage their animal husbandry businesses, tortilla shops, sales of basic grains, and sewing workshops. Isabel shares, “An important topic for me has been about prioritizing needs and budgeting. Understanding this has helped me make good decisions about managing my business.” Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services, an essential component of the “Microcredit Plus” program.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for learning about Isabel and her friends. They are taking steps toward a more successful and brighter future!