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Total loan: $3,375

Tikal Group

Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of colorful cotton thread along with accessories as well as personal care products because she would like to start a second business.


Tikal Group's story

Maria is 38 years of age and one of eight Mayan K’iche ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Tikal located in the state of Quiche. They all have traditional textile businesses.

Maria weaves shawls and baby carriers along with beautiful traditional blouses called “huipiles.” She does this on a backstrap loom. Thanks to her income, she is able to support her large family of five children along with their education. Her biggest goal is to see her children graduate because she was only able to attend school for three years.

This is the seventh Kiva loan cycle for Maria and her friends in the group. Maria would like to invest the funds to buy a variety of colorful cotton thread along with accessories as well as personal care products because she would like to start a second business.

She shares, “Even though my work is quite simple, I am really pleased with what I make. I’ve become a reliable and trusted member of my family who can be counted on to help pay expenses.”

“Microcredit Plus” is the name of the effective combination of loans combined with monthly educational trainings and healthcare services. Since the women have little or no formal education, the monthly sessions are vital to their success because they cover an aspect of four topics that include business management, health, family matters, and women’s issues. They are designed by a facilitator, who uses pictures, diagrams, games, and role playing to share the information.

The women send their gratitude to Kiva lenders! Thank you.