Total loan: $1,950

Turanza Group

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Nebaj, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of yarn in various colors.

Turanza Group's story

The traditional colorful blouses or “huipiles,” “sashes,” belts and hair bands are works of art that are appreciated by the Mayan women who wear them, and also by textile collectors around the world.

Maria, a 37-year-old married woman with two children (15 and 17 years old), dreams of improving her standard of living, in order to bring her children to a more stable environment. Maria only attended the first grade of school, while her children attend the sixth and seventh grades.

She knits these types of garments and sells twice a week at the market. To increase the raw material for the business, Maria now requests this first loan from Kiva to buy a large quantity of yarn in various colors.

There are seven Mayan women, including Maria, who have come together to form the Puente de Amistad “Turanza” Communal Bank, in a rural area of ​​the department / state of Quiché. They speak the mother tongue Ixil and weave traditional textiles. Because they have little or no formal education, they appreciate the monthly training, part of the “Microcredit Plus” loan, education and health program. A facilitator shares useful information in their own language on everyday topics such as nutrition, hygiene and health, as well as prioritizing expenses. They also learn how to promote their product through social media during the current pandemic.

Maria and her friends are excited to invest capital in their businesses. Thank you Kiva Lenders for making these women's dreams come true!