Total loan: $6,125

Las Trabajadoras Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped To buy high quality thread in various colors and additional “cortes” that she can offer in her textile business.

Las Trabajadoras Group's story

The Mission Statement of Friendship Bridge states that the organization will “provide microcredit and education to Guatemalan women so that they can create their own solutions to poverty for themselves, their families and their communities.” The combination of small loans and education is called “Microcredit Plus” and a very effective one for the over 22,000 clients of the organization. The Trust Bank, “Las Trabajadoras” or “Hard-working Women” is beginning their very first loan cycle funded by KIVA investors. This is a very exciting time for the eleven women who are members of the group that is located in Chichicastenango, a fertile area that has orchards of peaches, plums and apples. Juana is a member of the group who is a single mother with one daughter. She was only able to attend school until the 4th grade. In spite of this, she is determined to be a successful businesswoman and provide for her daughter. Juana has a traditional textile business and creates beautiful blouses called “huipiles” as well as woven tube skirts called “cortes”. Each week, she delivers 5-7 “cortes” to be sold. Actually, she is quite familiar with the traditional textile business as she started as a child. Juana is requesting a loan that she plans to use to buy high quality thread in various colors and additional “cortes” that she can offer her clients. Her goal is to have a solid clientele that she can consistently sell her textiles to. Nearly 80% have their children between the ages of 7-13 enrolled in school. At their monthly meetings, a Facilitator from Friendship Bridge shares useful information with the women about everyday subjects like nutrition, health, and self-esteem. The ladies learn to effectively manage their small loans as they learn about budgeting, marketing and customer service. The Facilitator shares this teaching time with the women speaking their own indigenous language and uses drawings, pictures and games. Kiva investors are valuable partners in this effort. We look forward to providing a follow-up report soon on Juana and her hard-working friends in the Trust Bank “Las Trabajadoras”. Thank you, Kiva investors!