Total loan: $1,475

Las Campanitas Group

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Chiche, El Quiche, Guatemala , Quiché Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy colorful traditional clothing at the wholesale level.

Las Campanitas Group's story

Colorful, traditional Maya textiles are woven on floor or backstrap looms and are often embroidered with intricate designs. There are marketplaces and street vendors who sell used traditional textiles, often with few or no defects. This is the business of Sebastiana, a married 48-year-old mother of six children (aged 5-30).

She lives in the department / state of Quiche and shares that her business is going well. There are many ladies in her community who cannot afford to buy new traditional clothing so they come to her little store. She requests a Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of used skirts / ”cuts”, blouses / ”huipiles” / belts / ”girdles” and aprons / ”aprons”. Some of her income from her will be earmarked for the continuing education of her youngest children.

Sebastiana and eight other ladies participate in the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans, education, health care). The majority of them did not attend school, but they are determined to be successful entrepreneurs. Their businesses range from selling traditional textiles and raising chickens to small sewing workshops. They meet monthly, make loan payments and participate in educational sessions (health, family, women, and business). Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services delivered by a visiting nurse. This is quite important since the health care system in Guatemala is very poor.

Sebastiana and her friends would be unable to secure a bank loan. Thank you, Kiva investors!