Total loan: $3,900

Las Estrellas Group

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Olintepeque, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Services

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A loan helped to buy traditional fabrics and a variety of rhinestones.

Las Estrellas Group's story

There are many talented women at Puente de Amistad who sew colorful aprons and embroider blouses that are heavily embellished. They feel comfortable doing this work, since it helps them to maintain their culture while generating additional income for the household. That has been the experience of Lidia for 30 years, who has run this business for more than 9 years.

Lidia attended school for 6 years. She is a married woman and the mother of 3 children, who are ages 9, 12, and 15. Lidia wants her children to be professionals in the future; this is the reason she sends them to school.

Due to the intricacy of these garments, Lidia employs her 2 sisters to increase the production rate of her sewing business. She is applying for her 3rd Kiva loan to buy traditional fabrics and a variety of rhinestones.

Lidia is the secretary of the group called "Las Estrellas" at the Puente de Amistad Community Bank. She is in this group along with 6 other K'iche (Mayan) women, who are pictured with her here. They are neighbors in a rural area of ​​the municipality of Quetzaltenango.

Puente de Amistad's “Microcredit Plus” program offers monthly training to more than 32,000 women. Many of them cannot read or write but want to continue learning. A facilitator gives them information in their own language and also uses games and pictures for further learning. They learn about topics such as budgeting and investing. Lidia and her companions apply these lessons daily in the sewing business, the retail business, and the livestock breeding business (for cows, bulls, goats, and pigs). Kiva's moneylenders are a source of funding for this program.