A loan helped a member to buy an additional floor loom to increase both production and income.


Mujeres Sembradoras Group's story

Josefa, a 30 year old mother of 2 children (4-7), is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Sembradoras” located in a rural area in the department/state of Totonicapan. She has an 11th grade education. Josefa works with her husband at her traditional textile business weaving traditional colorful skirts called “cortes”. The couple has two floor looms and can weave 4 of these beautiful textiles each week. They sell them in a local market.

Josefa is requesting a Kiva loan to buy an additional floor loom to increase both production and income. This is especially important now as she is expecting her 3rd child.

Josefa and the 8 ladies in the group are requesting their 1st Kiva loan and they will invest the funds into their businesses that range from animal husbandry (poultry, pigs, cattle), traditional textile production, and small restaurants. They learn to manage their loans with their monthly educational trainings, learning about budgeting, investing and savings. The women also learn about self-esteem, empowerment, nutrition, health and the use of medicinal plants. They learn to take care of their skin, as well as how their bodies work. This worthwhile combination of loans, educational trainings and healthcare services is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for believing in these women! They are forging ahead into a brighter future!

In this group: Marta Juana , Angela Eudelia , Amanda Candelaria Yanira, Carolina Rebeca , Josefa Julia , Julia Angelina , Mary Emiliana , Felipa Manuela , Juana Josefa


This loan is special because:

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



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