Total loan: $5,175

Reinas De Trapichitos Group

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Sacapulas, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of traditional clothing.

Reinas De Trapichitos Group's story

Felipa, 64, is married and the mother of five children (older than 34 years). She is a very busy woman with three businesses. She raises poultry and sells from home. She is also a seamstress and has a store where she sells basic products and traditional clothing. She and her husband, who is a farmer, worked together to put their children through secondary school. She is applying for her fifth Kiva loan to buy a variety of traditional clothing.

Felipa is also the treasurer of the Reinas de Trapichitos Group in a rural area of the department and state of Quiche. There are six other Mayan women in the group who speak the native language of Saccapulteco. They have businesses selling typical clothing, weaving traditional skirts, making typical sweets, farming tomatoes, raising chickens and running convenience stores.

The women are in their fifth loan cycle and they meet monthly to repay the loan. They participate in educational sessions which are part of the Microcredito Plus Program of loans, education and health services. These topics are essential for their success and include information on business, family, women and health. Every two months they have access to basic medical care such as PAP smears, mammogram, blood pressure testing, blood sugar levels, etc. This is especially important because the Guatemalan health care system is quite deficient.

Thank you!