A loan helped a member to purchase a variety of thread.


Sacpulupense Group's story

Most of the 32,000 women who participate in Puente de Amistad's “Microcredit Plus” (loans, education, health care) program learn to weave as girls instead of going to school.
However, as adults, many of them turn their talents into a business, weaving and embroidering colorful traditional textiles.

29-year-old Martina is a married woman and mother of 4 children ranging in age from 9 months to 12 years. Her husband is a day laborer. Martina shares “I have a 3rd grade education and I am proud to say that 4 years ago I started my business embroidering and weaving from typical fabrics and girdles”. Her business is going well and Martina makes a lot of deliveries.

She requests the 5th KIVA loan from her to buy yarn and supply raw materials to her six employees. Part of Martina's income goes to provide primary education to two of her children.

There are 8 Maya K’iche women in the group who live in a rural area in the department / state of Quiché. Their businesses are the resale of sweaters for women and girls, and production of traditional textiles. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they make loan payments and then participate in educational sessions based on topics relevant to their lives. Some include information on effective business practices, nutrition, health, hygiene, and how to prioritize spending. Every two months, women have access to health services.

Thank you KIVA Lenders for meeting these women and financing these loans!

In this group: Maria, Rosa, Tomasa, Josefa, María, Martina , Tomasa , Juana

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Betyna Almeida-Covarrubias.


This loan is special because:

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



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