Total loan: $4,150

Artesanas San Pablo Group

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San Marcos La Laguna, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

Artesanas San Pablo Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy fabrics, thread, beads, and a sewing machine.

Artesanas San Pablo Group's story

For the Guatemalan population, textiles are synonymous with cultural patrimony, in addition to generating development for many families.

For Rosa, working in dressmaking has allowed her to develop as a micro-entrepreneur. She says, "I am 27 years old. I am married and have a 4-year-old daughter. Thanks to my business, I can help my husband with the household expenses. I have the necessary resources for the well-being of my daughter. I also feel proud to be a source of employment, since there are 10 women who work for me. They embroider the fabrics."

Every two weeks, Rosa delivers 24 "huipiles" [traditional blouses]. She wants to continue investing in her business and is conscious that she needs a loan to achieve this. She is applying for her first Kiva loan to buy fabrics, threads, beads, and a sewing machine.

Rosa and the other seven women are Mayan speakers of Tzutuhil, and they live on the shores of Lake Atitlán in the department (state) of Sololá. They form the "Artesanas San Pablo" part of the communal bank of Puente de Amistad [Friendship Bridge]. They join more than 32,000 women who benefit from the Puente de Amistad program "Microcrédita Plus" (small loans, training, and health). As they have little or no education, the training is essential for learning to care for their health, raising their level of self-esteem, controlling their finances well, and using technology to promote their products.

Thank you to the Kiva lenders for their support at this time.