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Total loan: $5,925

Estrellas De Belen Group

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Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Services

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of typical fabric, rhinestones in different colors, and thread cones.


Estrellas De Belen Group's story

An apron is an accessory that Mayan women wear in the front of the cut [skirt] and attached to the waist. Heydy, a woman who comes from a family with limited resources, is dedicated to making these garments.

She attended school for nine years. She is 23 years old and is married. Her husband sells cell phone accessories. A 5-year-old girl is the one Heydy raises.

Heydy's business is very profitable. She makes beautiful, typical aprons with rhinestones called “litmus”. She delivers orders in three markets and employs two women. Heydy shares, "It is challenging for a woman to move forward, but by putting my energy into business, I have been able to move forward."

She applied for her first Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of typical fabric, rhinestones in different colors, and thread cones.

This is the first Kiva loan cycle for the 10 Maya K'iche' women from the Puente de Amistad Community Bank known as “Estrellas de Belen”. They live in a rural area, located in the Department/State of Totonicapán. All the women make aprons.

In addition, the monthly trainings allow the women of the village bank to learn not to acquire many loans, to manage and expand their businesses effectively. This is one of the benefits of the "Microcredit Plus" loan, education, and health services program. The women also learn about health, hygiene, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants.

Kiva lenders, in association with Puente de Amistad, play an important role in giving these women access to small loans. Thank you!