Total loan: $4,350

Ukux Kem Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of colored thread.

Ukux Kem Group's story

Twenty-eight-year-old Estefana is single and lives with her parents in the department/state of Totonicapán. She was able to attend school through the 6th grade and for the past 4 years has been weaving the traditional wrap-around skirts called "cortes". She sells her skirts in the big market in the town of Salcaja. Estefana is requesting her 7th Kiva loan to buy a variety of colored thread.

On a monthly basis, Estefana attends meetings of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Ukux Kem" with 6 other Maya K'iche' ladies who also weave and sell "cortes". When they meet, they make loan payments and then participate in educational training sessions in 4 main topic areas: health, family, women and business. The sessions are a part of the "Microcredit Plus" program of loans, education and healthcare services. A Facilitator engages them in a relevant topic like business management by using diagrams, pictures, role-playing and games. The ladies utilize their new skills like budgeting, planning and savings in their businesses and also share with friends. They also learn about women’s issues, family matters and how to navigate through the pandemic. Bi-monthly, they receive a visit from a nurse who provides exams, consultations and screenings, a part of the "Healthcare for Life" program.

Kiva investors are an important part of the success of these ladies. Thank you to each of you!!!