Total loan: $4,050

Paraje Pajomet Group

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Santa Lucia La Reforma, Totonicapan, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy large bottles of turpentine for her incense business.

Paraje Pajomet Group's story

Before the arrival of Columbus and other explorers to the Americas, a tree resin called “copal” was used by indigenous people as ceremonial incense. it is still used in traditional Maya and Aztec ceremonies for spiritual cleansing and clearing.

Maria, a 24 year old married mother of two children (3 and 6) with no formal education, makes this intoxicating incense. Some of her income is earmarked toward the continuing education of her oldest daughter who attends kindergarten. Maria is requesting a Kiva loan to buy large containers of turpentine.

Eight Maya K’iche women, including Maria, are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Paraje Pajomet” in the department/state of Totonicapan. All of these ladies have businesses making copal incense!

They look forward to their monthly meetings. They make loan payments and participate in educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics for the sessions are relevant to their lives and drawn from 4 areas of health, family, women, business.

Every two months, the women have access to basic health care services like blood pressure and blood sugar checks, PAP smears and more.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the vital role you play in the lives of Maria and her friends!