Total loan: $5,375

El Mojon Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a large quantity of thread and decor for her traditional textiles.

El Mojon Group's story

According to the World Bank, 6 in 10 Guatemalans live in poverty, and more than 50% of the country’s poor are indigenous. They are fleeing not only poverty and climate change but also crime. The husband of 29-year-old Olivia, who has no children, left Guatemala to work in the United States several years ago. For 8 years, she has been weaving and embroidering traditional textiles, including skirts/”cortes”, blouses/”huipiles”, shawls/”chalinas” and blankets/"perrajes”. She has one employee. With her 5th Kiva loan, Olivia will buy a large quantity of high/medium quality thread as well as decor.

Olivia, along with 6 other Maya K’iche' women, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “El Mojon” in the department/state of Quiche'. All of the ladies have traditional textile businesses. They meet monthly, make loan payments and participate in interactive educational sessions, the backbone of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Since they have little or no formal education, they appreciate their monthly seminars covering 4 topics: business, health, family, and women. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services when a visiting nurse, who speaks their language, makes them feel comfortable and offers consults, exams and family planning services. This part of the program is essential because the public health care system in Guatemala is underfunded and stretched thin.

Thank you, Kiva investors!