A loan of $3,600 helped a member to purchase thread and supplies to diversify and increase her production of traditional blouses and woven carrying cloths.

Las Chicualenses Group's story

Chicuá is a rural area located in the Western Highlands of Chichicastenango, Guatemala. The entire indigenous population is Mayan Kiché, and the majority of the population works in agricultural endeavors. Many of the women work in traditional textile production. Actually, entire families participate in these activities.

With the goals of strengthening and increasing their textile businesses, ten women have organized themselves into a Friendship Bridge Trust Bank called “Chicualense”, which means “Women of Chicua”. They have welcomed two new members to the Trust Bank, and are happy to apply for a new loan that they hope will be funded by KIVA investors.

Juana is the President of the Trust Bank. She has one young son, who will be starting his formal schooling quite soon. Juana and her husband are thrilled about his anticipated entrance into primary school, and are working hard so that he has all the support that he needs, as the couple realizes that education is a vital key to a successful future. With this in mind, Juana is requesting a loan from Friendship Bridge that she hopes will be funded by KIVA investors. She plans to use her loan to purchase thread and supplies to diversify and increase her production of traditional blouses and “perajes”, which are multipurpose woven carrying cloths used for utilitarian (carrying babies or purchases) or ceremonial purposes.

The ladies of the “Chicualense” Trust Bank are not only happy to receive funding for their loans but also to participate in the educational component of their monthly meetings. They receive practical and useful information from a Friendship Bridge Loan Officer about effective business practices including accounting, budgeting, savings and customer service. The women learn about proper hygiene, health, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of the small loans and education “Microcredit Plus”, and it is a most effective mixture.

The entire Trust Bank is most appreciative that there are people from throughout the world who learn about them and fund their loans. They are committed to using the funds wisely and paying them back fully and on time. Thank you, KIVA investors, for your kind and generous gesture!

In this group: Estefana , Lucia , Juana *, Sebastiana , Rosa , Juana Angelica , Lucia Elizabeth , Manuela , Anastasia , Maria
*not pictured

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