Total loan: $500
San Juan la Laguna, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts
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A loan helped to invest in a purchase of raw materials, including thread and dyes.
Rosario, who leads a women's cooperative known as To'ooneel Ixoq, is a weaver from Guatemala who specializes in handwoven accessories and hammocks. She would like to invest in a purchase of raw materials, including thread and dyes. Rosario has been selling through NOVICA since 2010. This is her story: "We are a group of hard-working, creative and enterprising women with a desire to improve our lives, our families, and that of our community," says Rosario, president of the association. "Our mothers taught us to weave when we were only little girls, and they also taught us how to dye threads with natural pigments to protect our environment. In fact, that is our specialty – our weaves are done with cotton threads dyed with tree bark, leaves and fruits. We go by the name To'ooneel Ixoq, which in the Tzutujil Maya language means 'Feminine Development.' We are a very united team, and the most beautiful thing about being in this team is that we support each other, and we encourage members to create their own designs. Our dream is to one day have our own store and a community workshop, because at the moment we work from our own homes." "Our cooperative is made up of families of very humble means, and this microcredit will provide the capital we need to grow our business. All of the women in the cooperative are very thankful for the opportunity that this loan represents." Use the link below to view Rosario's handwoven accessories and hammocks on the NOVICA site: http://www.novica.com/kiva/7339