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Mujeres De Pojua Group

Santa Lucia Utatlan, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of high quality yarns.


Mujeres De Pojua Group's story

“Typical fabrics and embroidery are elements of our identity that reflect our culture, folklore and worldview,” says Elvis. She is 28 years old, married and the mother of two children (9 months and 11 years old). For Elvis the embroidery of typical blouses called “huipiles” has an economic impact for her home and for the population of the rural area of ​​the Department (state) of Sololá. In this business, Elvis has found the ability to support her husband in the home economy and the education of her eldest daughter. She learned to embroider with her mother and now runs her own business. She embroiders an average of 15 “huipiles” typical blouses a month. Demand for this product is growing, and Elvis employs two other women. She is applying for her second Kiva loan to buy a variety of high quality yarns.

The nine women of this communal bank, including Elvis, have traditional textile businesses, convenience stores, tailoring workshops and animal husbandry. They learn to manage their business in monthly educational training, part of the small loans, non-formal education and health services "Microcredit Plus". Women learn about health, hygiene, nutrition and self-esteem. Since they have little or no formal education, these trainings are given by a facilitator who uses images, diagrams and games to share information.

Thanks to the friendly hand of Kiva and Puente de Amistad lenders, these women reach brighter futures!