A loan helped a member to buy shawls,"fajas" (belts), aprons, "cortes" (skirts), and "huipiles" (traditional blouses) at the wholesale level.

El Ensueno Group's story

Aura and 6 other Maya K'iche' women make up the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "El Ensueno." Aura is 30 years old, happily married, and has a 10-year-old son who is attending fifth grade. Aura has a business selling traditional women's clothing that is generating income for her family. She is requesting a third Kiva loan in order to expand her business to offer her clients exclusive designs. With careful budgeting, Aura plans to buy shawls,"fajas" (belts), aprons, "cortes" (skirts), and "huipiles" (traditional blouses) at the wholesale level.

The 7 women of the communal bank meet monthly to make loan payments and then participate in educational trainings taught in their own K'iche’ language by a facilitator who engages them in four main areas: business, health, family, and women’s issues. Business management issues address planning, budgeting, investments, and savings. This helps the women to better manage their businesses. Their businesses are selling traditional clothing or natural drinks, as well as food preparation and tortilla stores. Aura enjoys these trainings and shares: "The issues of hygiene, nutrition, and savings have helped me change the cultural structure in my business and helped me with my family's health."

Thank you, Kiva investors, for being a developmental bridge for Aura and other Mayan women!

In this group: Aura Marina, Petrona Rubidia, Josefina, Maria Santos Catarina, Manuela, Laura Cristina , Lucila

This loan is special because:

Clients receive in-depth trainings on business, health, over-indebtedness, and self-esteem.

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