Total loan: $4,300

Corralense Group

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Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to purchase lots of different colors and textures of thread.

Corralense Group's story

About two hours away from Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in Guatemala, there is a small village where nine visionary women have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Corralense. One must travel on a dirt road, surrounded by pine trees as the elevation is high, to get there. The ladies are involved in various commercial endeavors including animal husbandry, candle-making, and weaving of the traditional wrap-around skirts called 'cortes'.

Angelica, a 36-year-old member of the group, has a traditional textile business. She weaves 'cortes' that the indigenous women wear as part of their 'traje', or customary outfit, consisting of a 'huipil', or ornately embroidered blouse; 'corte' and 'faja', or intricately woven belt. Angelica sells her cortes in a nearby town. She also raises and sells pigs. Angelica is determined to be successful in her business and is requesting a loan to purchase lots of different colors and textures of thread as well as two additional pigs.

The women of the Trust Bank meet monthly with a Facilitator from Friendship Bridge. They spend the first portion of their meeting making payments on their loans. The second half is devoted to educational training with one relevant topic presented for the ladies to participate in each month. Since the ladies have prioritized health care as being quite important and an essential step toward stability, the Facilitator emphasizes how important knowledge about nutrition, hygiene and the use of medicinal plants is for the women and their families.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for learning about Angelica and her friends in the Corralense Trust Bank. The group is appreciative of the opportunity to secure a loan and that the interest rate is low for them. They have started their journey out of poverty and are on the path to a more prosperous future; benefitting themselves, their families and their community outside of Quetzaltenango.