Total loan: $5,200

Mujeres Chirijsana Group

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

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A loan helped to buy fabric for her traditional textile business.

Mujeres Chirijsana Group's story

The traditional colorful blouses or “huipiles” worn by Mayan women in Guatemala are real works of art. The colors and designs can reveal the social status, religion, beliefs, marital status and town where the wearer lives. Elvia, a 39 year old married mother of 8 children (6-20) is a talented artisan who embroiders “huipiles”. She uses all kinds of stitches and is able to complete 5 of them each month. She is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy fabric.

Because Elvia has no education, she is aware of the tremendous importance of education. Her older children finished elementary school while the younger ones still attend.

Elvia joins 9 other Maya K’iche women each month in their Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Chirijsana” in a rural area in the department/state of Totonicapan. She is the President of the group! These women participate in interactive educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics range from self esteem, health, hygiene and nutrition to effective business management practices. These business tools help them with their traditional textile businesses and convenience stores. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services like blood pressure and blood sugar checks, PAP smears and more. A nurse, who speaks their Maya K’iche language, is sensitive to their needs and makes them feel comfortable.

Thank you, Kiva lenders!