Total loan: $2,525

Mujeres De Amistad Toto Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy clay, molds, and straw baskets to transport her ceramic utensils.

Mujeres De Amistad Toto Group's story

There are several large marketplaces in the department/state of Totonicapan. Vendors often arrive the night before to claim their space and set up their stores. The market opens early and the sellers patiently wait for their customers who are in search of produce, chicken, flowers, basic supplies, and clay utensils.

Juana, a 52 year old vendor at the market, sells clay utensils. She was widowed over 31 years ago and left to raise her two children who are now 23 and 34. She began selling pottery and now makes and sells ceramic utensils in two nearby markets. Juana is requesting a Kiva loan to buy clay, molds, and straw baskets.

Juana, along with six other Maya K’iche ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Amistad Toto”. They share common goals of helping their families raise their standard of living. Their income comes from raising animals, fabricating colorful traditional textiles, and from the sales of clay kitchen utensils. They greatly appreciate their monthly meetings when they make loan payments and participate in educational sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge. Topics are relevant to their lives and drawn from four areas: business, health, family, women. Every two months they have access to basic health care services in the “Health for Life” program.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for the vital role you play in the lives of Juana and her friends!