Total loan: $4,600

Mujeres Chuilacal Group

Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped Dolores to buy quality fabrics and yarn.

Mujeres Chuilacal Group's story

Traditional Guatemalan textiles like "huipiles" (embroidered blouses) and "cortes" (wrap-around skirts) are valued greatly by global textile lovers for their exquisite beauty and artisanship. Dolores, who lives in the department of Totonicapán, is a noted embroiderer of the "plain" stitch which is simple embroidery but of great value. She is 26 years old, married and is the mother of 2 children (2,4). She employs 10 ladies who help her make/embroider 12 "huipiles" per week. Her employees are then able to help support their own families. Dolores feels that it is important to deliver a large amount of product in order to generate income to cover household expenses. She shares, “I am happy to see my business expand. I am a generator of employment for other women in my community. ” Dolores is requesting her 4th KIVA loan to buy quality fabrics and yarn.

Dolores is Secretary of her local Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Mujeres Chuilacal" that has 8 other Maya K'iche' members who participate in monthly meetings. They make loan payments and then participate in educational trainings about business management, health or family matters. An important area of learning is in self-esteem. In Dolores' words “the issue of self-esteem has particularly impacted my life. Now I value myself as a woman.” The other ladies also have embroidery businesses with the cross stitch, knot and smooth technique. (The child in the picture is the son of one of the group members).

Thank you, KIVA!