Total loan: $5,000

Tulul Group

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Nahualá, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped buy complete traditional outfits or “traje” to resell.

Tulul Group's story

The brilliant myriad of colors in traditional Mayan textiles is truly something to behold. Woven on traditional backstrap or floor looms and then embellished with colorful embroidery, the clothing takes weeks or months to fabricate. Olga, a married 23 year old mother of 3 children (1 mo, 2,5 yrs), sells complete outfits or “traje” consisting of a blouse/”huipil”, wrap around skirt/”corte” and belt/”faja”. Her husband is a day laborer. She is currently requesting her 1st KIVA loan to buy more complete outfits to resell.

Olga is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Tulul” in the department/state of Quiche. There are 7 other Maya K’iche ladies in the group who have traditional textile businesses. The “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services is of great benefit to them. Because they have little or no formal education, their monthly educational sessions about everyday topics like health, nutrition, hygiene and the use of medicinal plants is important to their progress and success. They also learn about effective business management practices. They feel fortunate to have access to basic health care services every other month, delivered by a visiting nurse who speaks their Maya K’iche language. (The children in the photograph are children of the borrowers who have authorized them to appear in the photo).
Thank you to each of you!