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Total loan: $2,725

Utatlan Group

Santa Cruz del Quiche, El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy new designs of traditional wrap-around woven tube skirts called “cortes,” as well as ornate, colorful blouses or “huipiles.”.


Utatlan Group's story

“Utatlan” is the name of the Trust Bank formed by seven K’iche’ Maya women. “Utatlan” was also the name of the capital of the K’iche’ Maya state at the time of the Spanish Conquest.

The women live in the mountains of the Guatemalan department/ state of Quiché. They are talented women who weave, embroider, and sell beautiful and colorful traditional Maya clothing. The ladies are starting their fourth Kiva loan cycle.

Maria is a member who did not attend school, because of her gender and poverty. She is 64 years old and has four adult children who completed six years of school. She sells a variety of traditional Maya clothing by visiting her customers in their homes.

Maria is seeking a loan to buy new designs of traditional wrap-around woven tube skirts called “cortes,” as well as ornate, colorful blouses or “huipiles.”

Along with her loan, she participates in monthly educational workshops, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans and education. Subjects range from women’s rights and roles to nutrition, hygiene, and the use of medicinal plants. The ladies also gain useful business tools like budgeting, planning, investing and saving.