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Total loan: $2,625

Fresas De Ojo De Agua Group

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San Juan Cotzal, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a new floor loom along with tools for it.


Fresas De Ojo De Agua Group's story

Traditional, woven wrap-around skirts called “cortes” are proudly worn by the Maya ladies in Guatemala. Rosa, a 37-year-old married mother of two children (aged 2 and 9) weaves these textiles, a business she began a year ago. She sells them in the closest market to her home in the department/state of Quiche. Her husband, a truck driver, delivers lumber. Rosa requests her second Kiva loan to buy a new floor loom and tools that she needs to weave more “cortes.”

Rosa is the Secretary of her Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Fresas de Ojo de Agua”. There are 6 other Maya Ixil ladies in the group. She is able to write because she is in her sixth year of a literacy program for adults. All of the women in the group benefit greatly from their monthly interactive educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. This critical component of the program gives Rosa and her friends information about women’s issues, family matters, and health. Effective business-management tools help them run their traditional textile and produce businesses.

Every two months, they have access to basic health-care services. This is crucial because the health care system in Guatemala is very poor. Thank you, Kiva investors, for the vital role you play in the lives of these ladies.