Total loan: $5,150

Amistad Casa Blanca Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts

Amistad Casa Blanca Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy fabrics, thread, embroidery hoops, and a stove with a grill.

Amistad Casa Blanca Group's story

Yolanda, a 28-year-old married mother of 4 children (4 mos.- 9 yrs.), is a great example of a determined and empowered woman. With only a 2nd grade education, she takes care of her family, manages/works in her tortilla shop (18 mos.) and embroiders (2 yrs.) colorful traditional blouses. Her husband works in a pharmacy. With her 2nd Kiva loan, she will be able to buy fabrics, thread, embroidery hoops, and a stove with a grill for her tortillas. Part of her income will be earmarked for the continuing education of two of her children who go to elementary school.

Along with 7 other Maya K’iche ladies, Yolanda participates in the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge (loans, education, health care). Their Trust Bank is called “Amistad Casa Blanca”. They live in a rural area in the state of Totonicapan. The women have convenience stores, and traditional textile businesses embroidering (cross stitch technique) colorful blouses on large embroidery hoops. The huge textile market in Salcaja is nearby and the perfect place to sell their products. The monthly educational training sessions, covering everyday topics like health, hygiene, nutrition, and business management practices, greatly help these women. Recent topics have been about how to use loans wisely and the importance of solidarity. Every two months, the ladies have access to basic health care services.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your kindness in funding these essential loans!