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Total loan: $3,000

Cotzij Ya Group

San Pedro la Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy tee-shirts, bracelets, belts and paints for her silk screen business.


Cotzij Ya Group's story

Paula, the Treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Cotzij Ya” is 26 years old, married and mother of a 9 year old daughter. Paula has a 5th grade education and works with her husband in a silk screen business. The couple silk screen tee-shirts, bracelets and belts. The business is growing, with Paula selling in various locales in the department/state of Solola where she lives. She is requesting her fourth Kiva loan to buy tee-shirts, bracelets, belts and paint at the wholesale level.

Part of her income will be earmarked for the continuing education of her daughter who is now in the 2nd grade.

There are 7 Maya Tz'utujil women in the Trust Bank who proudly adhere to their cultural traditions, including their beautiful style of dress. They are weavers, artists, or have their own prepared food businesses. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they update each other on their lives, make loan payments and participate in educational training. They acquire information that helps them run their businesses, care for their families and empower themselves. Paula especially appreciated the topics of being punctual, timely with loan payments, solidarity with the group and how to invest wisely. Every other month, they have access to health care services. This effective combination of loans, education, health care, and other “Plus” services is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Paula and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva lenders from all parts of the world!