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Total loan: $5,625

Pasajoc Group

Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of threads, as well as pigs to enlarge her pen.

Pasajoc Group's story

Traditional textiles, with beautiful symbolic designs, are proudly worn by Mayan women throughout Guatemala. Dominga has a business making these textiles. She is 33 years old, is a wife and mother of 1 of 16 years. She embroiders blouses or "huipiles". These embroideries take a lot of dedication for their elaboration. This is why Dominga produces 2 typical blouses monthly. For additional income, she also raises pigs, cows and goats, which she then sells in the market. Thanks to the income of the business, Dominga has been able to provide secondary education to her son. She is requesting the 3rd loan from KIVA to buy a variety of threads, as well as pigs to enlarge her pen.

Dominga is a member of the Community Bank of Friendship Bridge "Pasajoc", along with 11 other Mayan women K'iche'. They live in houses built of adobe and reed roof, in the rural area of ​​the Department (state) of Totonicapán. Dominga had the opportunity to attend school for 4 years. Most of the women in the group have little or no formal education. However, they are eager to learn and empower themselves. In the monthly meetings they participate in educational training (business, health, family, women.) Puente de Amistad calls this effective combination of loans, health care services and educational training "Microcredit Plus".

Women can empower themselves, boost their businesses, educate their children and alleviate poverty, thanks to the friendly hand between lenders from Kiva and Puente de Amistad.