Total loan: $5,675

Amistad Chiquimulteca Group

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Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped , Francisca, to buy a large quantity of thread for her traditional textile business.

Amistad Chiquimulteca Group's story

Francisca is a 53-year-old married mother of three grown children, who range in age from 19 to 25. She has a high school diploma but never worked in her chosen field. Her oldest two children are bookkeepers and have their own families. The youngest, who lives at home, is studying psychology at the university.

The family has a business changing oil in vehicles that they opened 26 years ago. When not working there, Francisca has her own textile business embroidering traditional colorful belts called “fajas”. She employs six women in her business and can deliver a large quantity of items monthly. She requests her fourth Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of thread so that her employees can help her fill orders.

As the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Amistad Chiquimulteca”, Francisca calls the monthly meetings to order. There are eight Maya K’iche ladies in the group, and all live in the department/state of Totonicapan. Some have traditional textile businesses, while others sell delicious regional snack foods. They appreciate their monthly educational training sessions, which are part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics range from effective business management practices to health, hygiene, nutrition and prioritizing expenses. Every two months, they have access to basic health care services.

Francisca and her friends send their gratitude to all Kiva investors for funding their much needed loans. Thank you!