Total loan: $3,100

Las Manuelas De Xepol Group

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

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A loan helped to buy different kinds of thread.

Las Manuelas De Xepol Group's story

Resourceful women entrepreneurs are keen to find strategies to get out of poverty. Irma, 31, is the perfect example. She lives in a rural area in the district of Quiché. She is married and has five children aged 18 months to 14 years. Her husband is a day labourer. Thanks to the family's effort, two of the children finished primary school and the two younger are attending. Despite facing challenges, Irma took the initiative and started her own business a few years ago. She weaves and embroiders bags and belts. Since business is booming and she has many orders, she employs five women. Irma is thus fostering development in her community. She is asking for her first Kiva loan to buy different kinds of thread.

The communal bank Puente de Amistad Las Manuelas de Xepol is comprised of 7 women who live in the district of Quiché and who communicate in their mother tongue, K'iche. They are very interested in the entrepreneur training offered to them as it enables them to manage their businesses (traditional clothing, fruit and veg) better. Every two months, the women can access basic health check-ups and family planning. The Puente de Amistad programme Microcrédito Plus covers loans, capacity-building, and healthcare and it offers programmes and services which create opportunities for families to build a sustainable future in Guatemala.

The group is grateful to Kiva lenders for their support.