Total loan: $3,775

Guadalupe Group

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San Juan la Laguna, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of well-made German thread.

Guadalupe Group's story

There are many interesting towns that border the magnificent Lake Atitlan and one of them is a picturesque village known for colorful murals on buildings, beautiful paintings, natural dyes and finely made textiles. Claudia, 32, mother of 3 children (5-15), weaves/embroiders the traditional blouses/”huipiles” of her village, as well as shawls, purses, and cosmetic cases. Before the pandemic, she belonged to a women’s cooperative. Many tourists visited their shop. Sadly, the group ended as the ladies could not pay rent on the building. Claudia continued on her own and now has 3 employees. Because she has many orders, she requests her 4th loan to buy German thread in bulk.

Claudia is the president of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Guadalupe” There are 6 other Maya Tz'utujil ladies in the group and all weave and embroider colorful textiles. They meet monthly, make loan payments and participate in interactive educational training sessions, a critical component of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are drawn from 4 areas: health, family matters, women’s issues and business. Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services delivered by a visiting nurse who speaks their Maya Tz'utujil language. She makes them feel comfortable and offers consults, exams and services.

In this challenging time, these loans are extremely important to Claudia and her friends. Thank you to each of you!