Total loan: $4,925

Mujeres De Chicoj Group

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

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A loan helped to buy high quality threads in various colors for her traditional textile business.

Mujeres De Chicoj Group's story

The 11 Maya K’iche ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Mujeres de Chicoj Group in the state of Quiche have viable businesses like animal husbandry (chickens, turkeys, pigs) and traditional textile fabrication. Ana, a 21-year-old member, has a textile business and sells her traditional wrap around skirts (“cortes”), colorful blouses (“huipiles”) and belts (“fajas”) in the large market in Chichicastenango. She lives with her parents and part of her income goes to help cover household expenses. Ana graduated from high school with a bookkeeping degree and her goal is to work in an office! Meanwhile, she is requesting her 2nd KIVA loan to buy high quality thread.

The additional services of the Microcredit Plus program of Friendship Bridge include monthly educational trainings, health care services, and advanced trainings. The topics for the educational sessions are relevant to the lives of Ana and her friends. They acquire basic business tools like budgeting, planning, investing and savings. Also, they learn about effectively caring for their families (nutrition, health, hygiene) and themselves (self esteem, empowerment, women’s roles/family planning). They are taught by a facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share the information. The women are eager to learn and often share the information with friends and family.

Thank you, KIVA investors, for the vital role you play in the lives of Ana and the members of the Mujeres de Chicooj Group.