Total loan: $3,800

Mujeres De Mactzul Group

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

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A loan helped to buy high quality thread in various colors.

Mujeres De Mactzul Group's story

Traditional, colorful blouses or “huipiles” are works of art and not only prized by the Maya ladies who wear them but also by textile collectors worldwide. Marta, a 29 year old married woman without children, dreams of improving her standard of living, so that she can bring her future children into a more stable atmosphere. She weaves “huipiles” and has two employees. With her income, she proudly helps her husband cover the basic expenses of the household. Marta is now requesting her second Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of thread in various colors.

There are 7 Maya “K’iche” women, including Marta, who have joined together and formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Mactzul” in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. They raise animals, sew canvas pants and have traditional textile businesses. Because they have little or no formal education, they appreciate their monthly training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care. A Facilitator shares useful information about every day topics like nutrition, hygiene and health, as well as prioritizing expenses. They also learn about how to navigate through the current pandemic. Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services in the “Health for Life” program.

Marta and her friends are enthusiastic about the future with the loan support generously provided by Kiva investors and the tools from Friendship Bridge. Thank you to each of you!