Total loan: $3,175

Las Carrillo Group

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Las Carrillo Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy a variety of multicolored fabric and thread.

Las Carrillo Group's story

Many women have grown up in large families with limited resources and have not been able to receive formal education. However, they envision a better future for themselves and their families, and they embark on the adventure of starting businesses.

Catarina, 45, is one of these women. Fifteen years ago she started selling women's shoes. She later decided to start a more profitable business sewing typical blouses with the cross stitch technique. Six months ago, she innovated the business by knitting typical “cuts” skirts.

She is a married woman and thanks to her income, she has supported the basic and educational needs of her nine children over six years of age. Five children studied primary school and the four children received primary and secondary education. Catarina requests her fourth loan from Kiva to buy a variety of multicolored fabric and thread.

Catarina is President of this Puente de Amistad Community Bank. There are six other Maya Kiche women in the group who also make textiles. They look forward to monthly meetings to learn about the importance of hygiene (washing hands, disinfecting surfaces), health and nutrition, as well as women's and family issues. Women gain new ideas on how to move forward creatively and strengthen their businesses.

Thanks to Kiva's lenders, your loan support is greatly appreciated.