Total loan: $4,025

Mujeres Del Sector Terminal Group

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

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

Mujeres Del Sector Terminal Group's story

Some say that the traditional clothing of the Maya in Guatemala stands out because it is the most colorful in all the Americas. In the department/state of Quiche, a large portion of the population weaves/embroiders traditional blouses, called ”huipiles.”

Alicia, a 29-year-old married mother of 4 children (ages 4-12) learned how to sew and embroider as a child. Now she has enough income to send her older children to school. Alicia has 4 employees who can turn out 6 “huipiles” each week. She takes this inventory to the huge market in Chichicastenango.

She feels happy and hopeful because, with her hard work and being able to access a loan, the business is growing. Alicia feels proud that her employees can help support their own families. She is requesting her 6th Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of thread in various colors.

Alicia is the Treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres del Sector Terminal.” There are 6 other Maya K’iche ladies in the group. They raise animals (chickens, cattle) and also have traditional textile businesses. Because the women have little or no formal education, they really appreciate their monthly educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services. The interactive educational trainings are essential to the success of the women and cover an aspect of 4 topics: business, health, family, and women. Every two months, they have access to basic health care services.

Thank you, Kiva investors!