Total loan: $4,200

Chuimanzana Group

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Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped Juliana, to buy a variety of clothes.

Chuimanzana Group's story

In most places in Guatemala a variety of traditional clothing is sold ("huipil" blouses, "cut" skirts, "sashes" belts). To attract the attention of buyers, it is common to see clothing displayed in markets and on premises that indicate new product designs and items are available for sale.

This is the business of Juliana, 39, a member of the Communal Bank of Puente de Amistad "Chuimanzana", located in the department / state of Sololá. She lives with her husband who is a day laborer, but his income is not enough to cover the expenses of a large family. The income she gets from the business supports Juliana with the needs of her 7 children (3 to 16 years old). Six of her children study primary and secondary school. Juliana would like to replenish her inventory with clothing and is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy new clothing designs and fulfill her customers' requests.

The 9 women of this communal bank run textile businesses and sell traditional clothing. Because the public healthcare system is poor in Guatemala, women benefit from bi-monthly health screenings, part of the "Microcredit Plus" loan, education, and health services program. Puente de Amistad offers mobile clinics and trained staff that serve women. At the monthly meetings, women participate in trainings on issues of health, women's rights, family, and business.

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