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Total loan: $3,950

Perlas De Chinimabe Group

Momostenango, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to restock supplies to sew her popular, traditional aprons!


Perlas De Chinimabe Group's story

Ornate, colorful aprons or “delantales” are often worn by Mayan ladies as part of their traditional everyday dress or “traje”. They are beautiful garments, often admired by travelers from all parts of the world.

Norma is 27 years old, married and the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Perlas de Chinimabe” located in the department/state of Totonicapan. She sews these pretty textiles, often at wholesale prices. Norma has an electric sewing machine and in her free time, sews custom orders of “delantales”. She is requesting her 1st Kiva loan to buy basic supplies like rhinestones for decor, cones of thread and traditional skirts or “cortes” that she can cut up and re-use.

Although Norma has only 3 years of formal education, she understands its great value and her oldest son, who is 8 years old, is already in the 2nd grade. He is the oldest of her 3 children who range in age from 3 months to 8 years of age.

Norma is one of 8 women in the Trust Bank and really enjoys her monthly educational training, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are very useful for the ladies and are drawn from an aspect of 4 subjects: business, health, family, women.

Norma shares, “I am very appreciative of the people from all parts of the world who believe in us and fund loans for our businesses. This is how we can improve our lives and move ahead. Thank you, Kiva investors, for your generosity!”