Total loan: $4,600

Las Marias Chucalibal 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!

Las Marias Chucalibal Group's story

Tomasa, an industrious 26-year-old weaver, is married with a five-year-old son, and has nine years of formal education. Her husband works for the rural town where they live in the department/state of Quiche.

For over five years, Tomasa has had a weaving business creating backpacks and utility cloths, She and her sister also manage their mother’s business weaving traditional blouses and belts. They sell in the market in their community and have five employees. They also have a family business shared with other sisters and sell toys, jewelry, eyeglasses and wallets at special events like fairs. Right now, Tomasa needs her third loan to buy a large quantity of thread for her weaving business.

Tomasa has joined seven Maya K’iche' women to participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans combined with educational training and health care services. Their Trust Bank is called “Las Marias de Chucalibal”. The interactive educational training sessions are a critical component of the program and cover an aspect of four topics: business, health, family, women. Every two months, the ladies have access to basic health care services, delivered by a nurse who speaks their Maya K’iche' language. This is extremely important as the Guatemalan health care system is chronically underfunded and always stretched thin.

Tomasa and her friends are grateful to access loans and participate in the program. Thank you!