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Mujeres De San Antonio Group

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Cunen, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy mannequins to showcase her clothing for sale.


Mujeres De San Antonio Group's story

Julia, a 29-year-old married mother of an 8-year-old daughter in the 2nd grade, graduated from high school with a diploma in business administration. She worked for 3 years and then got married. She, along with her husband, sells clothing. The couple sells in 3 community markets in the department / state of Quiche. They have used some of their income to purchase a 3-wheeled vehicle called a “tuk tuk” or “mototaxi”. It is quite useful for them to travel from market to market. Right now, Julia would like to buy some mannequins to exhibit her clothing best for sale.

Julia, along with 6 other ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de San Antonio”. Their community is rather remote - 2 hours off the main road. They speak Maya “K'iche”. These women are farmers, raise pigs and goats, have tortilla shops and sell vegetables. Monthly meetings feature an educational session centered around one of 4 topics: women, family, health, business. These sessions are crucial for their success and improve their self esteem as well as their business outcomes.

Partnering with the Maya Health Alliance, a visiting nurse comes to them every other month offering pelvic exams, pap exams and hypertension screenings. The educational training and the health care services are 2 of the free “plus” services in the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. (The boy in the photo is part of the group).

Thank you, Kiva investors, for lending a helping hand!