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Total loan: $3,300

Mujeres Kotzij Group

Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of thread for her weaving business.

Mujeres Kotzij Group's story

Most indigenous Mayan people living in rural areas have many obstacles when trying to access health care. Magdalena, a 65-year-old married mother of 11 children, is acutely aware of this since 5 of her children died because they were unable to access health care. Her remaining children are between 13 and 40 years old. Each was able to attend school for an average of 6 years. Maria works at her traditional textile business, weaving beautiful blouses or “huipiles” with her 2 daughters and 3 employees. She is able to deliver 5 “huipiles” each month. Magdalena is in need of more thread and is requesting a Kiva loan to buy a large quantity.

Maria is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Kotzij” along with 6 other Mayan Kaqchikel ladies. They live in a rural area in the department/state of Chimaltenango and sell their products (peas, strawberries, and traditional textiles) in the large market of Chichicastenango and Tecpan. This is their 4th loan cycle. The women learn to manage their loans at their monthly meetings when they participate in educational trainings. They learn about everyday topics, like health, hygiene, nutrition, and the use of medicinal plants, along with effective business management practices. The ladies also have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

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