Total loan: $4,275

Shofar Chinique Group

Chinique, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped buy a variety of traditional textiles like blouses or “huipiles”, woven wrap around skirts or “cortes” & elaborate belts or “fajas”.

Shofar Chinique Group's story

There are 7 women who live in the state/department of Quiche who formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Shofar Chinique”. Five of them speak Maya “K’iche'” & 2 speak Spanish, the official language of Guatemala. They have little or no formal education but this has not stopped them from setting goals & learning about relevant topics like self-esteem & empowerment, health, nutrition, hygiene & the use of medicinal plants.

The ladies also acquire effective business tools that help them with their businesses that include shoe sales, traditional textile fabrication sales, animal husbandry (poultry) & a pharmacy. A Facilitator from Friendship Bridge shares the information with them & more during their monthly meetings. The effective combination of loans & education is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Isabela, along with the rest of the women in the group, is on her 3rd Kiva loan cycle. She is 43 years old, without a formal education, & is the single mother of 3 children older than 7 years of age. The youngest child has completed kindergarten while the older ones hold teaching & nursing certificates. Isabela has funded their education buying & selling colorful traditional textiles.

With her Kiva loan, she will buy a variety of traditional textiles like beautiful blouses or “huipiles”, woven wrap around skirts or “cortes” & elaborate belts or “fajas”.

Much gratitude goes to Kiva investors for your interest in these women & for funding their loans!