Total loan: $3,475

Flor De Pasajoc Group

Momostenango, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy the latest styles and designs of traditional “cortes” or skirts to resell.

Flor De Pasajoc Group's story

Colorful traditional outfits or “traje” have been proudly worn by the indigenous ladies in Guatemala for centuries.

Rocelia, a 29-year-old Maya K’iche lady, sells beautiful “cortes” or traditional woven wrap-around skirts and other colorful textiles including elaborate blouses or “huipiles” and embroidered belts or “fajas.”

She lives in the department/state of Totonicapán and is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flor de Pasajoc.” A portion of her income goes to pay for electricity and food in her parents’ home, where she lives.

Rocelia sells at four different markets five days each week. She has one employee who sells at some of these markets. Currently, Rocelia has a very large order and is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy the latest styles and designs of traditional “cortes” or skirts to resell.

Rocelia and her friends in the Trust Bank are very pleased to participate in the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge. In addition to the loans, the women receive services that include monthly educational trainings and healthcare services. The educational trainings are vital to their success and include four subjects: health, business, family, women.

“The advice about investing my loan has helped me and so I do not mismanage my funds. In this way, my capital grows!”
Rocelia says.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your support of these women. They are opening doors to a brighter future.