Total loan: $3,200

Cinco Estrellas Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy another floor loom and high quality thread.

Cinco Estrellas Group's story

The colourful woven traditional textiles of the Maya have endured throughout several centuries. Weaving is a way for the women to connect with their ancestors, teach their children to carry on the tradition and feel proud of their history. Travellers describe them as “walking works of art”.

Santa, a 24-year-old married mother of a one-year-old son, is the owner of a small textile workshop in a rural area in the department/state of Totonicapan. She comments that along with her husband and one other employee, she weaves traditional wrap-around skirts or “cortes". In her spare time, Santa embroiders traditional blouses called “huipiles”. She delivers the textiles to nearby markets. She is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy another floor loom and high quality thread.

Santa joined six other Maya K’iche women and formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Cinco Estrellas” or “Five Stars”. Santa is the secretary of the group. Their monthly educational training sessions, designed by a facilitator, help them with their businesses (farming, traditional textiles, animal husbandry), They also learn about family matters (health, hygiene, use of medicinal plants), and women’s issues (empowerment, women’s rights/roles). Every other month, they have access to basic health care services like breast and blood sugar exams, blood pressure checks, PAP smears and more. These are provided by a visiting nurse who speaks their Maya K’iche language.

Thank you, Kiva investors!