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Ahorro Group

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Santiago Atitlán, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy more complete traditional outfits and fabric to embroider.


Ahorro Group's story

The colorful, traditional textiles that the Maya weave/embroider and wear helps them to carry on their cultural traditions. These beautiful pieces of clothing are admired by textile collectors throughout the world. Dina, a 45-year-old married mother of two children (10 and 17 years old) began to embroider traditional blouses or “huipiles” almost 20 years ago. She also re-sells complete traditional outfits. Some of her income supports the continuing education of her children who are in the third and ninth grades. Dina has a sixth grade education. With a Kiva loan she will buy more traditional fabric to embroider and complete as traditional outfits.

Dina, along with seven other Maya Tzutujil women, who live in the department/state of Solola, are happy to participate in the Friendship Bridge 'Microcredit Plus' program of loans, education and health care services. They meet monthly in educational sessions designed by a Facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share the information. Topics are drawn from four areas: business, health, family, women. The business management tools that they acquire help them with their textile and fruit (banana) businesses. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services like Pap smears, blood sugar and blood pressure exams.

Because of small loan support, the educational training and health care services these women have access to, creates pathways out of poverty.

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