Total loan: $4,575

Rosas De Pascua Group

Momostenango, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy plenty of colors and styles of textiles for sale.

Rosas De Pascua Group's story

The small neighborhood of El Rancho in the town of Santa Maria Chiquimula is where the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank group “Rosas de Pascua” is located. The area is largely agricultural, producing corn, beans and wheat. Some in the area make beautiful traditional textiles and jackets. The population speaks the Maya dialect of Kiche and some Spanish.

The president of the Trust Bank is 37-year-old Maria, who was able to attend school until the fourth grade. She is married with four children who have all been through primary school. Her husband is both a mechanic and a bricklayer.

Maria has a traditional textile business and has recently joined this Trust Bank to infuse capital into her business. This will be her very first loan. She buys and sells the colorful traditional blouses called “huipiles,” as well as the intricately woven skirts, or “cortes."

Maria wants to have plenty of colors and styles available for her customers who not only see her merchandise in the local market but also in nearby ones. Her dream is to generate enough income to open a convenience store where she will sell items that are useful on an everyday basis.

The educational component of the monthly meetings is of vital importance for the women. They learn to effectively manage their loans with information about planning, budgeting, pricing, marketing, accounting and customer service.

Kiva lenders are greatly appreciated by Maria and her friends in the “Rosas de Pascua” Trust Bank for their generosity in funding loans. Thank you!