A loan of $1,225 helped a member to buy thread and jaspeado (dyed thread) for making traditional clothing.

Eben-Ezer Group's story

Cruz is a married woman, 48 years old, who lives with her husband and their nine children in Sololá department. Currently Cruz is the representative of the Eben-Ezer communal bank. In the photo, she is the first one on the right.

She is a hard-working woman who strives for her family's well-being. At present, she makes traditional clothing, which is used by the women in her region. She chose this activity because it is profitable and the earnings are good. In this way she can help her husband with the family's expenses.

She says that she has been doing this work for 17 years, and so far it has been quite productive. This is why she has decided to form a group of women, with the aim of improving the finances of their families. So now they are requesting a loan to buy thread and jaspeado (thread dyed to look like jasper or marble) which will be used in the making of the traditional clothing.

Her dream is to expand her traditional clothing business in order to generate more earnings. This way she can provide a quality education for her children, and also improve her family's living conditions.

In this group: Cruz, Vicenta, María, Diega, Cecilia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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