A loan of $2,200 helped a member to purchase a variety of thread.

Mujeres De Chipuac Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Chipuac” is located in a rural area of Totonicapán the Western Highlands of Guatemala. It is made up of eight hard-working and enthusiastic ladies who are involved in textile production. Totonicapán is well-known as an area that produces beautiful “tube type” skirts called “cortes”, many of which are woven with “ikat” type designs in various colors. These skirts are sold in marketplaces throughout Guatemala and are in great demand.

Tomasa is the 48-year-old Treasurer of the Trust Bank. In spite of the fact that she does not know how to read or write, she has been able to teach herself many things and does her job well. As is the case with the other ladies in the Trust Bank, Tomasa makes “cortes” and is requesting a loan to purchase a variety of thread which she will use to create new designs and increase her clientele. Her dream is to make enough income so that her last daughter, who is 13 years old, can attend school.

Together with the other ladies in the Trust Bank, Tomasa is happy to participate in the monthly meetings with a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer. There is an educational component to these meetings and the women learn about relevant subjects like healthy foods, women’s rights, and the prevention of violence, as well as self-esteem. Other topics include accounting and budgeting, customer service and indebtedness.

Each of the ladies in the “Mujeres de Chipuac” Trust Bank are poised to enjoy a more prosperous and happier future because of the loans and educational trainings. They are most grateful to KIVA investors for their kindness and generosity. Thank you KIVA investors!

In this group: Santos Juliana, Tomasa Puac, Manuela Lucia, Cipriana Celestina, Petrona Catarina, Magdalena Aguilar, Sebastiana Maria, Mercedes Susana

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