Total loan: $5,200

Desarrollo Y Paz Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a quantity of high-quality silk thread.

Desarrollo Y Paz Group's story

The traditional, colorful Maya blouses called “huipiles” are time consuming to weave and embroider.

They are proudly worn by indigenous ladies and often filled with symbols of the wearer’s interests, her family, marital and social status, as well as her religion and beliefs.

These beautiful garments are admired by travelers and collectors throughout the world.

The Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank ”Desarrollo y Paz” or “Development and Peace” is a single mother of a 5-year-old son. She lives with her parents and weaves the intricate “huipiles” of Chichicastenango.

Jacinta began the business 15 years ago and has two employees. She is able to deliver four “huipiles” each month.

Jacinta is requesting a Kiva loan to buy high-quality silk thread.

There are eight Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank who live in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. They live 30 minutes from the closest town and travel by van or pickup.

They are all weavers of “huipiles” and intricate belts called “fajas.” This is their fourth loan cycle.

At their monthly meetings, the women appreciate gaining information about how to manage their businesses best, care for their families, and empower themselves.

Jacinta shares that she found the topic of the dangers of over-indebtedness especially helpful. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services.

“Microcredit Plus” is the name given to the combination of loans, education, and health care services.

Thank you, Kiva investors!