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Total loan: $3,100

Margaritas De Nimasac Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of colorful traditional clothing in the latest styles to resell.


Margaritas De Nimasac Group's story

The Maya of Guatemala proudly hold strong to their centuries' old traditions and are well known for weaving, embroidering and wearing their beautiful, colorful clothing. The designs in their clothing reflect their cultural richness showing social status, religions, sacred symbols and more.
Imelda, a 38 year old married mother of 3 children (9-16), has a traditional textile business and is a street vendor. Part of her income goes toward the education of her 3 children (9-16) who attend school. Imelda is requesting her 3rd Kiva loan to buy traditional colorful blouses or “huipiles”, wrap around skirts or “cortes” and belts or “fajas” in the latest styles.

Imelda is the secretary of her Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Margaritas de Nimasac” along with 9 other ladies. With her 6 years of formal education, Imelda appreciates the monthly educational training sessions (health, business, family, women) of the group. The women apply what they learn to their businesses - animal husbandry, shoe sales, traditional textiles and tailoring, their families and themselves. In a partnership with Maya Health Alliance, the ladies receive bi-monthly visits from a nurse or doctor who offers health care services. This useful combination of loans, education, health care and other “plus” services is called “Microcredit Plus”. It works!

Imelda, on behalf of the group, sends gratitude to Kiva investors from all parts of the world! Thank you!