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Total loan: $3,400

Mujeres De Emmanuel Group

San Cristobal Totonicapan , Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy more traditional clothing and cones of thread.


Mujeres De Emmanuel Group's story

Talented Maya women have woven and worn their traditional clothing for nearly 3,000 years. A complete outfit, called “traje” consists of a blouse (“huipil”, “blusa”), a wrap around skirt (“corte”) and a belt (“faja”).

Maricela, the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Emmanuel”, sells traditional clothing, as well as cones of thread in a local venue. Her husband works in a clothing factory. Part of her income is earmarked for the continuing education of her oldest son because she wants him to have a complete education. Maricela is requesting her 4th Kiva loan to buy a variety of “huipiles” or embroidered blouses, as well as cones of thread.

There are 8 Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank who live in a rural area in the department/state of Totonicapan. Most have textile businesses. Since they have little or no formal education and often do not read nor write, they benefit greatly from their monthly educational trainings where they gather tools to manage their businesses (planning, budgeting, investing), care for their families (health, hygiene, nutrition, use of medicinal plants), and empower themselves. Every other month, the women have access to basic good health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education, health care services and other “plus” services “Microcredit Plus”. And it works!

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the essential role you play in the lives of Maricela and her friends.