Total loan: $2,700

Mujeres De Maria Group

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Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Clothing

Mujeres De Maria Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy more “huipil” blouses to resell.

Mujeres De Maria Group's story

The majority of the 32,000 ladies who participate in the Microcredit Plus program (loans, education, health care) of Friendship Bridge, learn to weave as children rather than go to school. However, as adults, many of them turn their talents into businesses, weaving and embroidering colorful traditional textiles. The Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, Mujeres de Maria, is 34 year old Estercila. She shares, “I have an eighth grade education and I am proud to say that ten years ago, I started my business selling traditional clothing like blouses (huipiles), skirts (cortes) and belts (fajas). I also weave and embroider huipiles and fajas." Her business is doing well and Estercila sells in many nearby markets. She is requesting her sixth Kiva loan to buy more huipiles, because the Easter holidays are fast approaching.

There are seven Maya Kaqchikel ladies in the group who live in a warm area in the department/state of Solola. Their businesses range from animal husbandry (chickens and pigs) and selling chicken meat, to seling traditional textiles. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they make loan payments and then participate in educational sessions based on topics relevant to their lives. Some include information about effective business practices, nutrition, health, hygiene and how to prioritize expenses. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services.

Thank you, Kiva investors for learning about these women and funding their loans!