Total loan: $3,875

Las Mashitas Group

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

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A loan helped to buy 3,000 balls for “hacky sacks”, a good quantity of purses and caps for her textile business.

Las Mashitas Group's story

Santo Tomás Chichicastenango or "Chichi" draws visitors from throughout the world due to their rich cultural traditions, stunning traditional dress and wonderful market held twice each week. The vast majority of the population is Maya K’iche and is primary language spoken there.

Eight enterprising women have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Mashitas” who are mainly textile and jewelry artists. Their products (especially traditional blouses called “huipiles”, purses, and caps) are in great demand, especially with tourists. The ladies are all married and have an average of five children. They share a common goal of seeing their children have access to the highest levels of education and enjoy a better quality of life.

Sebastiana, a 52 year old mother of 10 children, has only completed three years of formal education. She is keenly aware of the tremendous value of education and works hard so that each child has an opportunity to attend school. They are all in elementary school or high school! Sebastiana has a successful textile business and creates various styles and sizes of purses, woven cloth balls (called “hacky sacks in the U.S.), and “huipiles” or traditional colorful blouses.

Due to the popularity of her textiles, Sebastiana is requesting a loan from Kiva investors to purchase more supplies, increase and diversify her inventory. She would like to buy 3,000 balls for “hacky sacks”, a good quantity of purses and caps all to meet the demand of her clientele. Sebastiana has already completed three loan cycles with Friendship Bridge. She has successfully managed her loans to firmly establish herself as a credible businesswoman, increased her earnings and diversified her inventory of textiles.

Sebastiana and her friends in the Trust Bank extend their thanks to Kiva investors from throughout the world for the kindness and generosity in funding these much-needed loans. The ladies are slowly opening the door to a more prosperous and brighter tomorrow benefitting themselves, their families and their community in Chichicastenango, Guatemala.