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Total loan: $2,525

Mujeres Trabajadoras Santiago Group

Santiago de Atitlán, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy colorful traditional blouses or “huipiles”, wrap around woven skirts called “cortes”, as well as apples and oranges.


Mujeres Trabajadoras Santiago Group's story

Because of the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge, 22,000 clients have access to loans & educational trainings. The monthly educational sessions cover topics based on health, family, women & business. They are designed by a Facilitator who uses games, role playing, pictures & diagrams to share the information. Because the ladies have little or no formal education, these trainings are vital to their success.

The Trust Bank “Mujeres Trabajadoras Santiago” or “Hard-working Women of Santiago” was formed by seven Maya Tz'utujil women who live on the shores of the magnificent Lake Atitlan. The women are artisans and make beautiful beaded jewelry, as well as traditional colorful clothing. Since education is not free in Guatemala, they only have a primary school education.

This is their first Kiva loan cycle!

Dolores, a 47-year-old married mother of eight children who range in age from 8 to 27, is a member of the Trust Bank. She, herself, has a first grade education. She is proud that the older children have reached high school while the youngest is in the first grade.

Dolores has a traditional textile business and also sells seasonal fruit. She is requesting a loan to buy colorful traditional blouses or “huipiles”, wrap around woven skirts called “cortes”, as well as apples and oranges.



These women would not be able to walk into a bank to secure a loan. In providing the much appreciated capital, KIVA investors are held in very high esteem. Thank you to each of you for your generosity & your kindness!