A loan of $5,775 helped a member to buy flour and ingredients for a bakery.

Kakbe Group's story

Nahuala is a small town nestled in the hills of the Solola department in Guatemala. The main livelihoods here are agriculture and livestock.

Up a small dirt road, some cement stairs, and a pathway into a small home, the “Kakbe” Trust Bank members sit and chat in Quiche, the indigenous language of Nahuala. The majority of them wear the typical guipiles (woven blouses) and cortes (woven skirts). In Nahuala, the blouses are known for beautiful patterns and colors. Because of this, all but one member has created a business in the making and selling of these clothes. The women will use the money from their loans to buy traditional back strap looms and threads, and then begin to weave these incredible clothes.

Pascuala, who is 63 years old, is the only member of the group who does not specialize in traditional clothes. The owner of a small but successful bakery and bread shop in Nahuala, she will use her loan portion to buy flour and other ingredients to keep her business thriving.

Having grown up together in Nahuala, the nine women of the group have been friends for a long time. They know each other’s pasts and support each other’s futures. Kakbe signifies exactly this to them:

“It means that, together, we are working to create a better path for ourselves” says Pascuala, the oldest member of the group. “We want everything to go well for ourselves, but also for each other and our families,” she continues.

Pascuela and the other eight members thank the generous Kiva donors for their help. “We are thankful,” says Pascuela, “because they are helping us so much. We can now do what we have always wanted with this opportunity.”

In this group: Pascuala, Magdalena, Pascuala, Manuela, Maria, Antonia, Josefa, Maria, Manuela

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