Total loan: $4,650

Las Vencedoras De Buenos Aires Group

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

Las Vencedoras De Buenos Aires Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy more bolts of fabric and thread.

Las Vencedoras De Buenos Aires Group's story

At only 24 years of age, Maria has five children who range in age from two to nine years old. Three of them are in school. Her husband works weaving traditional wrap-around skirts or “cortes”. Several years ago, the couple began to sell vegetables but soon realized that weaving the skirts provided them with more income. Now, they have two wooden floor looms and can deliver an average of 6 skirts/”cortes” each week. With her 2nd Kiva loan, Maria will be able to buy more bolts of fabric along with a large quantity of thread.

Maria has joined nine other Maya “Ixil” women who live in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche, to form the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Vencedoras de Buenos Aires”. All of the ladies work with their husbands weaving traditional skirts. Since they have little or no formal education (Maria attended school through the 4th grade), their monthly educational sessions are essential to their success as women, mothers and entrepreneurs. They are designed by a Facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share information about business, health, family, and women. This effective combination of loans, education and health care is called ‘Microcredit Plus”. (The girl in the photograph is the daughter of one of the members of the communal bank, who authorizes her to appear in it).

Thank you, Kiva investors, for lending a helping hand to Maria and her friends!