A loan of $2,100 helped a member to purchase thread for weaving and a sewing machine.

Kaksija Ii Group's story

Dressed in traditional Mayan clothing with babies wrapped in blankets on their back, the women of the community bank Kaksija enter one by one into the home of one of the members, where they gather for their monthly meeting.

They speak rapidly in their native language of K´iche´, and when necessary, the younger members translate from Spanish for the older members of the group. These fourteen women know each other well, having been together for almost eight years.

They dedicate themselves to traditional artisan crafts, primarily to the intricate art of weaving ‘huipiles’, beautiful hand-woven blouses than can take up to a month to produce. They also sew skirts and scarves, such as the ones in the picture.

As members of their community bank, these women have not only become friends and confidants, but they also support each other in business and give advice on loans. If a new member enters the group, the other women make sure that she understands what it means to receive a loan, and the importance of paying back on time. They help each other, sharing business tips and loan advice, ensuring that each member is successful.

Six women of the community bank are asking for a group loan of 16,000 quetzales ($2100), ranging from $150 to $400 per person. They will invest this money in colorful thread for their weaving and one woman is hoping to purchase a sewing machine that will enable her to rapidly increase her productivity, as well as the quality of her product.

All the women have children and they dream of being able to provide them an education so they can have better lives with more opportunities.

In this group: Cruz, Magdalena, Ana, Cecilia Eulalaia, Catalina De La Cruz, Magdalena

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