Total loan: $5,775

Las Misioneras Group

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Santa Cruz del Quiche, El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a new loom, as well as a substantial quantity of thread in various colors and textures.

Las Misioneras Group's story

Poverty in Guatemala is closely associated with a lack of access to social and economic assets and resources. It is impossible for an impoverished person, especially a woman, to secure a loan from a bank. Fortunately, there are non-governmental organizations like Friendship Bridge that are a beacon of hope for over 22,000 indigenous women. With its “Microcredit Plus” Program, combining small loans and education, the ladies gain the tools to empower themselves and create a brighter future for their families and communities. The eight women of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Misioneras” have just successfully concluded a loan cycle funded by Kiva lenders. They are requesting an additional loan to sustain and expand their small businesses that include textile production and sales, as well as the sale of snacks and fruit. We would like to share the story of Santos, a 35-year-old woman with four children. Three of them are in school. Santos is a strong and visionary lady, determined to change the future for her children and she realizes that education is the key. Her business fabricates “cortes,” or traditional “wrap-around” skirts that are woven in various beautiful designs. She is requesting a loan to buy a new loom, as well as a substantial quantity of thread in various colors and textures. She, along with her husband who works in the business, want to fulfill all orders, especially at this time of year when business increases. In her words she says, “Thank you, Kiva investors, for the opportunity to take out a loan because I can buy the supplies that I need to work and make a better income.” Kiva lenders are much appreciated by the ladies in the Trust Bank for believing in them and their dreams. We look forward to providing a follow-up story on Santos and her friends in the very near future! Thank you!