Total loan: $2,700
Las Golondrinas Group
Santa Lucia La Reforma, Totonicapan, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Clothing
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A loan helped To purchase raw materials such as yarn and thread, and to buy animals.
Las Golondrinas Group's story
Santa Lucia La Reforma is a town in the Department ot Totonicapan in Southwest Guatemala. The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Golondrinas” or “The Swallows” is located here and is composed of six women who are mostly in their twenties except for one who is 60 years of age. The group is starting its third loan cycle with Friendship Bridge. These loans will be most useful in providing working capital for the various businesses of these women including textile production and animal husbandry. The President of “Las Golondrinas” is 25-year-old Ana who has a dynamic personality and a tremendous drive to move forward. She is married with an 8-month-old baby boy. Ana makes handmade traditional textiles, especially the beautiful sashes called “fajas” used by the indigenous women of Guatemala to keep their tubular skirts in place. She also raises animals including chickens, pigs and rabbits. Ana travels by public transport to three different markets outside her community each week to sell her products. She is happy to begin her 3rd loan cycle with Friendship Bridge as it allows her to increase her inventory and increase her income. She will buy raw materials such as yarn and thread as well as some animals and feed for them. Ana relates that she really enjoys belonging to the Trust Bank and being with many of the women of her community on a monthly basis. During their meetings, which last for about one hour, the women receive training about various topics such as health, nutrition, self-esteem and women’s rights. Ana states that the topic that impacts her the most is business management. In her own words, “I like to go the meetings because I have fun with my colleagues and we share and learn a lot together.” The six women of the “Las Golondrinas” Trust Bank thank KIVA investors for their generosity and confidence in funding their loan. With these funds, the ladies can sustain and grow their businesses, generate an income and support their families. They are especially pleased that they can provide for their children’s educational needs. Armed with their new tools, everyone looks forward to a brighter future for themselves, their families and their town, Santa Lucia La Reforma.