Total loan: $4,475

Las Estrellas De Chijoj Group

Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy an additional loom, thread, and natural dyes at the wholesale level.

Las Estrellas De Chijoj Group's story

Las Estrellas De Chijoj is the name that 9 Maya K’iche ladies have given to their Friendship Bridge Trust Bank. They live in the state of Totonicapan. Some of them are able to read and write while others have never attended school. They mainly have traditional textile businesses and travel 30 minutes to the large market in the town of Totonicapan to sell their merchandise both at the retail and wholesale level.

Olga, a 26-year-old mother of 3 children ages 5, 6, and 12, has a 3rd grade education. Together with her husband, she has 6 wooden looms and employs 5 people who help weave the intricate, colorful wrap-around skirts or “cortes” that the Maya women proudly wear. She and her employees weave 20 “cortes” each month. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy an additional loom, thread, and natural dyes at the wholesale level.

Because Olga and her friends in the group have little or no formal education, they benefit greatly from their monthly educational trainings, which are part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and healthcare services. They acquire basic business tools, such as planning, budgeting, and investing, while learning to support their families better through nutrition, hygiene, and health, and empowering themselves through education on women’s roles, rights, and bodies.

It would be impossible for Olga and her friends to walk into a bank to secure a traditional loan. Thank you, Kiva investors, for your kindness in funding these loans!