A loan helped a member to purchase ten large quantities of thread in various colors, textures and quality for her textile business.


Tejedoras Group's story

Santiago Atitlán is a large Maya Tzutujil town nestled on an inlet between the volcanoes of Toliman and San Pedro on the shores of the magnificent Lake Atitlan. The townspeople, called “atitecos”, are fiercely proud of their cultural traditions. Both men and women wear traditional outfits embroidered with colorful birds and flowers. The town’s “cofradias” maintain the long-time rituals of a blend of Maya Catholicism.

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Tejedoras”, or “Weavers”, was formed here by seven women who share common goals and dreams. They are beginning their second loan cycle with Kiva lenders, and are very grateful for the support of all.

Carmen is the president of the Trust Bank. She is 41 years old and was able to stay in school until the fourth grade. She has a traditional textile business and weaves as well as embroiders the beautiful textiles of the town. She also has an animal husbandry business and raises chickens. Her husband is a bus driver. The couple has four children, who range in age from 12 to 26, and each is or has been enrolled in school.

Carmen wants a more prosperous future for her children and works hard in her business. As her textiles enjoy great demand, Carmen is requesting a loan that she will use to purchase ten large quantities of thread in various colors, textures and quality. She is able to employ three additional people to help her with the business! Her goals are to increase sales and continue to support the education of her children.

The women are happy to be involved in the “Microcredit Plus” Program of Friendship Bridge that combines small loans and educational training.

Kiva lenders are valuable partners with Friendship Bridge in the life of Carmen and the six ladies in the “Tejedoras” Trust Bank. These determined and hardworking women have already begun to step into a brighter future, benefiting themselves, their families and their community in Santiago Atitlan! Thank you!

In this group: Carmen, Juana, Juana, Concepcion, Ana, Concepcion, Ana


This loan is special because:

Clients receive in-depth trainings on business, health, over-indebtedness, and self-esteem.



Loan details


Lenders and lending teams




Loan details