Total loan: $5,350

Villa Hermosa Group

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

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A loan helped to buy a variety of traditional fabrics for her traditional textile embroidery business.

Villa Hermosa Group's story

Orfa, a 24-year-old married mother of a 2-year-old son, is proud to carry on the rich Mayan tradition of embroidering beautiful rectangular blouses called “huipiles”. She is an expert in the cross-stitch-technique and is able to deliver 2 “hupiles” every 2 weeks.

Orfa was only able to attend school for 2 years but this has not stopped her from managing her own business, especially since she continues to learn about effective business management practices at the monthly meetings of her Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Villa Hermosa”. Orfa is requesting a Kiva loan to buy a variety of traditional fabrics.

Orfa is a busy lady with responsibilities including being president of her Trust Bank located in the department/state of Totonicapan. There are 10 other women in the group who speak Maya K’iche and Spanish. They are in their 3rd loan cycle.

These women are vegetable farmers, embroiders of traditional textiles, sell bed linens and also sell food during fair times. Because they have little or no formal education, the ladies benefit greatly from their monthly educational training sessions when they learn about an aspect of 4 topics: health, business, family, women.

Every other month, they have access to basic health care services including breast examinations, blood pressure and blood sugar checks. These “plus” services are part of the extra free services in the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge. (The boy in the photo is part of the group).

Thank you, Kiva investors!