Total loan: $4,275

Estrellas De Joyabaj Group

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Joyabaj, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy underwear, tee shirts, pants and bed sheets.

Estrellas De Joyabaj Group's story

Nine Maya K’iche women, who also speak Spanish, are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Estrellas de Joyabaj” in the state/department of Quiche. They arrive at their monthly meetings dressed in their colorful traditional clothing that is admired by travelers from all parts of the world. They are beginning their 2nd KIVA loan cycle and want to inject capital into their traditional and modern textile businesses, animal husbandry (poultry, pigs) and prepared food businesses. The women gather monthly to make loan payments and to participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services. They learn about an aspect of 4 topics: business, health, family, women. A recent topic was how to make natural medicines rather than spending funds on medicines purchased from a pharmacy.

Gricelda, a 35-year-old mother of 2 children (3 and 10), is a member of the group with 4 years of formal education. She is determined that both of her children have a complete education. Her older son is in the 4th grade and she is quite proud. Gricelda has a clothing business and is requesting a loan to buy underwear, tee shirts, pants and bed sheets. She plans to set aside funds so that when her younger child is ready for school, she will have the necessary funds.

Gricelda and her friends are working hard to empower themselves, educate their children and build their businesses. KIVA investors play a vital role. Thank you!