Total loan: $5,500

Mujeres La Union Group

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San Pedro Jocopilas, El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Services

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A loan helped to buy a much needed sewing machine!

Mujeres La Union Group's story

Traditional Guatemalan clothing called “traje” consists of a rectangular colourful blouse or “huipil” or “blusa”, often embroidered with intricate designs, and a wrap-around woven skirt or “corte”, and a “faja” or multicoloured woven/embroidered belt. Often, the outfit is topped with a “delantal” or apron that blends with the complete outfit.

Twenty-eight-year-old Maria, a Maya K’iche member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres La Union”, learned to sew traditional textiles seven years ago and opened a business. She can now deliver two dozen colourful “blusas” and “delantales” each month. Maria only has three years of formal education and is determined that her three children (aged 2 to 6) have a complete education and professional careers. She is saving funds now. Maria is requesting her fourth Kiva loan to buy a sewing machine!

Non-formal education is the backbone of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Since the 32,000 women in the program have little or no formal education, a facilitator uses games, role playing, pictures and diagrams to share information about an aspect of four topics: business, health, women, family. Subjects are updated regularly to reflect the changing needs of the women. Information about effective business practices can be applied immediately and help the ladies with their convenience stores, animal husbandry, second hand clothing and traditional textile businesses.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the vital role you play supporting these women!