Maria Elena, Catarina, Lucia, Francisca Marili, Clara Beronica, Heriberta, Lucia Yessica from Guatemala

$3850 to purchase a large quantity of yarns and fabrics.

The art of weaving, which combines threads, colors and textures, is well documented in the history of mankind. Lucia makes traditional embroidered "huipiles" blouses and "fajas" belts. Her income, along with her husband's, supports a family that includes a 4-month-old baby. Lucía, 21, learned the art of weaving from her mother and has been able to keep the business afloat for 3 years. She is applying for the 3rd loan from KIVA to buy a large quantity of yarn and fabric.

Lucía and the other 6 women are originally from the Department/State of Sololá and speak Tzutuhil. They are part of the Puente de Amistad "Jesus" Community Bank and their income is generated by selling fruit ice cream and making and selling textiles. The women benefit from learning about effective business management practices, health, hygiene and nutrition at their monthly meetings. Every two months, the women have access to health services. This is very important as the public health system in Guatemala fails the population. The combination of loans, education and health services is what Puente de Amistad calls "Microcredit Plus".

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for meeting Lucia and her friends and for funding these loans! You are opening doors to a better future!

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About the entrepreneur

Name Jesus Group
Location San Pablo La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala
Activity Textiles / Arts

About the loan

Loan amount $3850
Loan use to purchase a large quantity of yarns and fabrics.