Total loan: $5,575

Sector Xoljuyup Group

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Nahualá, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of traditional clothing to resell.

Sector Xoljuyup Group's story

Wearing their colorful traditional clothing or “traje” is one of the ways that Mayan women honor their culture and their ancestors. Each of the 22 departments/states in Guatemala has its own unique design and colors.

Marta is a single 25-year-old woman who lives with her parents. She sells clothing and supports the household. She considers her parents too old to work. She is a hard worker, selling her clothing to friends and neighbors, as markets are closed because of COVID19. Marta is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of blouses ("huipiles”), skirts ("cortes”) and sashes ("fajas”).

Marta has joined nine other women and formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Sector Xoljuyup” in the department/state of Solola. Most of the ladies were not able to attend school because they come from very poor families and had to work when young.

They are determined to provide a better life for their children, and therefore work hard at their animal husbandry and traditional textile businesses. The “Microcredit Plus” program enables them to learn about effective business management practices, family matters, women’s issues and health at their monthly meetings. Every other month, they have access to health care services like blood pressure/blood sugar checks, breast exams, and PAP smears.

KIVA investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, are valued highly by Marta and her friends. Thank you!