Total loan: $3,025

Panimatzalam Group

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San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy thread in various colors and accessories for another backstrap loom.

Panimatzalam Group's story

A traditional blouse, or “huipil” is a colorful, woven and embroidered textile treasure. These textiles can take months to weave on a backstrap loom and then embroider with intricate designs. They are unique garments that are not only worn by Mayan ladies but also prized by textile collectors throughout the world. Griselda, a married 30-year-old mother of three children, weaves and sells “huipiles”. She enlists the help of her husband and two employees in the business. Part of her income goes toward the education of two of her children. Her business is growing, and she is planning ahead. Griselda is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy high quality thread and accessories for another backstrap loom.

Griselda is the Treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Panimatzalam” in the department/state of Solola. There are six other ladies in the group who meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. They are able to put into practice information about health, hygiene, nutrition, the use of medicinal plants, and how to safely navigate through the pandemic. They also gain effective business management tools. Every two months, the women have access to health care services in the “Health for Life” program.

Kiva investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, give Griselda and her friends hope for a brighter future. Thank you to each of you!