Total loan: $4,425

Barrio Norte Group

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Patzité, Quiché, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy traditional second-hand clothes to sell.

Barrio Norte Group's story

Wearing traditional Maya “traje” or outfits is an important way that the Maya carry on their history and cultural traditions. Because these colorful garments are made by hand, they have become more expensive. Many ladies buy used traditional textiles from vendors like 37-year-old Eva. She says that the women in her area do not have much income to spend on new clothing. So, she decided to open a business selling used traditional textiles. In this time of pandemic, she has had to be innovative and has learned to navigate the internet (Facebook, WhatsApp) to advertise and sell. Life has not been easy. Since Eva tries to offer newer styles each year, she is requesting her 1st Kiva loan to buy used blouses/”huipiles”, skirts/”cortes”, belts/”fajas” and aprons/“delantales” wholesale.

Eva and 6 other ladies formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Barrio Norte” in the department/state of Quiche. Thanks to the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services, these women are receiving support and training to empower themselves and create a pathway out of poverty. At their monthly meetings, they learn about an aspect of 4 topics: business, health, family, women. They learn about how to navigate through the pandemic, use social media, wear masks, keep social distances and the importance of hand-washing. Every other month, a nurse visits them in their homes and offers examinations, PAP smears and family-planning consultations.

Thank you, KIVA investors!