Total loan: $3,475

Mayas Group

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San Pedro la Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy more colorful traditional pieces of clothing to resell.

Mayas Group's story

The colorful, traditional clothing worn by the Maya in Guatemala, is treasured by textile lovers throughout the world. Maria, a 47-year-old married mother of three grown children (20-25), was able to send each of her children through nine years of education from the income selling traditional textiles.

Times are challenging now with the restrictions due to COVID-19 and sales are down but Maria doesn’t give up and now advertises her beautiful clothing on Facebook and WhatsApp. Every year, Maria strives to bring in the latest inventory and it is for this reason that she is requesting her seventh Kiva loan. She plans to buy traditional blouses/”huipiles”, skirts/“cortes”, belts/”fajas” and aprons/”delantales”.

Maria and seven other women participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, educational sessions and healthcare services. They have formed the Trust Bank “Mayas” and meet monthly to make loan payments, and participate in educational training sessions. Topics are relevant to their lives and are drawn from four areas: business, family, health, women. In this challenging time of the pandemic, they learn about the importance of social distancing, wearing masks and proper hygiene. Every other month, the women have access to basic healthcare services. Friendship Bridge calls this effective combination of loans, education and healthcare “Microcredit Plus”.

Maria shares, “Our businesses are bearing fruit thanks to the loan support from each one of you investors!”