Total loan: $3,500

Pena Blanca Group

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Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy thread for her textile business and corn for her tortilla business.

Pena Blanca Group's story

Isabel, a 36-year-old married Maya K’iche woman, learned how to weave from her mother-in-law. The colorful traditional textiles of the Maya are admired throughout the world.

This business allowed her to stay at home and care for her five children, who are now over the age of three. Although Isabel was unable to attend school, she works hard with her husband to cover their education expenses. She has a tortilla shop at her home and also sells personal care products via a catalogue. Isabel is requesting her fourth Kiva loan to buy thread as well as corn.

Isabel is one of six Maya Kaqchikel ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Pena Blanca”. They live in a rural area in the department/state of Solola, about 30 minutes from the closest town. They raise animals and fabricate colorful traditional textiles. At their monthly meetings, the women gain relevant information as they participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care. Topics about health, nutrition, and hygiene can be applied immediately. Effective business management practices like planning and budgeting are also included. Every two months, the ladies have access to basic health care services, exams, and consultations. This is crucial to their success as the Guatemalan health care system is stretched thin and chronically underfunded.

(The child in the photograph is the son of one of the borrowers who has authorized to appear in the photo).

Thank you, Kiva lenders!