A loan helped a member to buy a large quantity of material to create the latest designs and meet the desires of her customers.


Amistad Sumpanguense Group's story

This is the 1st Kiva loan cycle for the 7 Maya Kaqchikel women in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Amistad Sumpanguense” who are striving to empower themselves and eliminate poverty. They want their children to have more opportunities and to be successful adults. The ladies help their husbands to support their households with their traditional textile businesses. They either weave or sell magnificent colorful garments.

The women meet monthly to make payments on their loans and to participate in educational trainings that inform them about themselves (women’s health, self esteem, empowerment), their families (nutrition, hygiene, use of medicinal plants), and their businesses (budgeting, investing, savings). The effective combination of loans, education and healthcare services is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Maria is the Treasurer of the group who is charged with keeping track of loan payments each month. She has a 6th grade education, is 41 years old and the mother of 4 children (12-19). Maria and her husband weave and embroider traditional colorful blouses called “huipiles”. They also buy and sell other traditional garments that they sell in 3 markets in Guatemala City. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of material to create the latest designs and meet the desires of her customers.

The success of Maria and her friends in the group would not be possible if it weren’t for the generosity of people like Kiva investors. Thank you to each of you!

In this group: Maria Isabel , Maximina , Liria , Olga , Maria Venancia , Carmelina , Damaris Karina


This loan is special because:

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



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