Total loan: $5,800

Rosas De Villalinda Patzun Group

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Patzun, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy quality cloth and thread for her blouses.

Rosas De Villalinda Patzun Group's story

Ruth is one of the 10 members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Rosas de Villalinda Patzun”. She is 35 years old and has a bilingual secretarial education. As a secretary, she was able to work for 6 years. Ruth is Maya Kaqchikel and lives in Chimaltenango. She shares, “Despite being a professional, I still find racist and macho attitudes. For women who have little or no formal education, it is more difficult. However, we decided to open our own businesses to affirm ourselves as economically active women.”

Ruth is married and has an 11-year-old daughter who she wants to have a university education. In order to achieve this goal, Ruth embroiders designs of flowers, birds and children on traditional "huipiles" or blouses. The embroidered “huipiles” are very detailed, and in order to deliver three each month, she employs 2 women. Ruth has several large orders. She is requesting a 2nd KIVA loan to buy quality cloth and large cones of thread.

Ruth and the other 9 Trust Bank members attend monthly meetings where they make loan payments, as well as participate in valuable educational sessions that help them manage small textile businesses, convenience stores, bookstores and the internet. Some sessions are about business management skills and others are in good health practices. The effective program is called "Microcredit Plus," a combination of loans, education and healthcare.

Thank you, KIVA investors, for your loan support!