Total loan: $4,300

Semeja Tercero Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a wooden floor loom.

Semeja Tercero Group's story

With her 6th grade education, 21 year old Tomasa has been able to manage her traditional textile business weaving wrap around skirts or “cortes”. She is married and the mother of a 3 year old daughter. Her husband works as a weaver of “cortes” as well. Tomasa is able to deliver an average of 6 “cortes” each week and also delivers 1 dozen to the large and lively market in Chichicastenango. She is requesting her 2nd KIVA loan to buy an essential tool for her business - a wooden floor loom.

Tomasa is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trusts Bank “Semeja Tercero” along with 7 other Maya K’iche women. All of them weave “cortes” and live in the department/state of Quiche. Their monthly meetings are a real highlight in their lives. After making loan payments, they look forward to their educational sessions that cover an aspect of 4 topics: health, family, women, business. Since they have little or no formal education, a facilitator uses games, role playing, pictures and diagrams to share the information. Often, they share what they learn with family and friends. Every 2 months, the women have access to basic health care services delivered by a visiting nurse. This is especially important because the health care system in Guatemala is quite poor or non-existent. This effective combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Tomasa and her friends are grateful to participate in the program and thank KIVA investors for lending a helping hand!