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Total loan: $4,500

Rayos De Luz Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Clothing

Rayos De Luz Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy shoes, traditional blouses or “huipiles," and traditional wrap-around woven skirts or “cortes.".

Rayos De Luz Group's story

Eight motivated & active ladies who are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Rayos de Luz,” or “Rays of Light,” are beginning their third Kiva loan cycle. They live in live the state/department of Totonicapán. Five of the women are Maya K’iche and speak that language, while three others are Spanish speaking. They are requesting loans to invest into their businesses, selling traditional textiles, second-hand clothing, as well as bakeries.

At their monthly meetings, they make payments on their loans and participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, educational trainings and basic healthcare services. Some of the topics covered include budgeting and savings, as well as the importance of good hygiene and vaccinations.

Maria, a 32-year-old married mother of an eight-year-old son, is a member of the Trust Bank with a ninth grade education. She sells second hand clothing, both traditional, colorful Maya outfits, and used American clothing. She is successful, making her the primary breadwinner of the household. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy shoes, traditional blouses, or “huipiles," and traditional wrap-around woven skirts or, “cortes." This investment will help her expand her business and raise additional income. She is highly motivated because she wants her son to have a bright future.

Maria and her friends appreciate the kindness of Kiva investors in funding their much needed loans. Thank you to each of you!