Total loan: $4,375

Anunciadoras Group

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Cunen, El Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to purchase high-quality yarn in various colors.

Anunciadoras Group's story

A folding skirt is called a "cut." These are woven and embroidered with colored threads. These garments are treasured by the wearer and admired by textile lovers around the world.

Catarina, 29, two years ago opened a store where she sells a variety of typical clothing and thread cones. She is married and has two children, ages 12 and 14, who study in elementary school. This is Catarina's first request for a loan from Kiva to purchase high-quality yarn in various colors. Thanks to the Kiva lenders for lending a helping hand to women like Catarina who want to get ahead for themselves and their families.

Catarina and eight other K'iche 'Mayan women form the Puente de Amistad “Anunciadoras” Community Bank in the department / state of Quiché. They have small businesses such as raising sheep, turkeys, they have traditional textile stores and thread cones. The women meet monthly at their village bank and learn a lot in their educational trainings that cover practical topics such as business, health, family, and women. These topics are taught by a facilitator who uses pictures, drawings, role plays to share information. Every two months, they participate in the “Health for Life” Friendship Bridge program. A visiting nurse offers all kinds of tests and services like blood sugar and hypertension tests, Pap tests, and more. Puente de Amistad calls this combination of loans, education and health care "Microcredit Plus."