Total loan: $3,025

San Jose De Los Cerritos Group

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Santa Cruz del Quiche, El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy colorful traditional blouses skirts and belts.

San Jose De Los Cerritos Group's story

The colorful traditional outfits or “traje” of the Maya are among the most beautiful in the world. They are hand woven, embroidered and worn proudly. Sebastiana, a married mother of 5 children (2-15) sells traditional clothing. Because the holidays are fast approaching, Sebastiana’s neighbors will want to look their very best and want the latest styles. Therefore, Sebastiana is requesting her 1st KIVA loan. She plans to buy traditional blouses, skirts and belts to resell. She will earmark some of her income for the continuing education of her 3 oldest children since her husband, who is a day laborer, does not make enough.

Sebastiana and 6 other ladies formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “San Jose de los Cerritos” in the highlands of Guatemala. The ladies raise animals (chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs, cattle) and have traditional textile businesses. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they offer each other support and participate in educational training sessions. Since they have little or no formal education, these sessions are very beneficial. Topics like effective business management practices, nutrition, health, hygiene are crucial to their success. They also learn about women’s rights/roles. Every other month, a visiting nurse offers health exams to them like as well as blood pressure screenings and family consults. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, KIVA investors!