Total loan: $5,350

Sector Gomez Group

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San Antonio Ilotenango, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to purchase a variety of cuts with new designs to meet customer demand.

Sector Gomez Group's story

Carmelina is a single, 37-year-old entrepreneur who has a traditional textile business in the Department (state) of Quiché. She lives alone and the earnings from her business help cover her personal expenses.

Because her family is large, Carmelina did not attend school. When she was a child, she learned to weave and trade typical clothing such as “cut” skirts.

Carmelina started this textile business a few years ago and envisions a bigger business with more customers in the future. To achieve this goal, she is applying for the third loan from Kiva. She will be purchasing a variety of cuts with new designs to meet customer demand.

The Puente de Amistad Community Bank "Sector Gomez" includes 9 women of the K'iche 'Mayan ethnic group who live in a rural area of ​​the Department (state) of Quiché. They are women who work hard in their traditional textile manufacturing businesses creating "cuts," skirts, girdles, belts and "huipiles" (traditional tunics or blouses). In the monthly educational trainings, part of the "Microcredit Plus" program of loans, education and health services, women learn about relevant topics related to business, family, women and health. Hygiene, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants are examples of some of the topics covered. Every two months, they have access to basic health services.

Carmelina and her friends are taking steps towards a better future.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for your kindness in financing these much-needed loans for the development of these women!