A loan helped a member to buy a variety of multicolored threads.


Kakchiquel San Marcos Group's story

The magnificent Lake Atitlán, in Sololá, Guatemala, is the home of eight Maya Kaqchikel women who formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Kaqchikel San Marcos.” They are beginning their fourth loan cycle with Kiva lenders. Previous loans have helped them successfully grow their small businesses that weave traditional and beautifully embroidered blouses/huipiles or sell medicines. The members of the Trust Bank participate in monthly "Microcredit Plus" (loans + education) meetings where they have learned the use of medicinal plants or how to control expenses, budget and save. That training has made it possible to see growth and increased income.

Thirty-three-year-old Clara is a member of the group. She is single and has a fourth grade education. She lives with her mother and helps support their home by weaving huipiles/blouses with the traditional local designs. Clara has been growing her business' income by creating new designs for her clients. She is requesting a loan to buy a variety of multicolored threads.

The generous trusting support of Kiva lenders and Friendship Bridge has made it possible for Clara and her friends in “Kaqchikel San Marcos” to reach some of their goals and provide a better quality of life for their families. Thank you for helping them have brighter futures!

In this group: Esther, Francisca Magdalena, Angela Elizabeth, Clara, Maria, Maria Concepcion, Marta Nohemi, Concepcion


This loan is special because:

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



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