A loan of $2,850 helped a member to buy traditional blouses, woven wrap-around skirts and sweaters in the latest designs at the wholesale level for resale.


Mujeres Victoriosas Pitzal Group's story

Irisilda, a 22-year-old single woman and successful entrepreneur, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Victoriosas Pitzal” in the department/state of Totonicapan.

Since she was only 14 years old, Irisilda has had her own business selling traditional colorful clothing. She is very happy to be able to contribute financially to her parents’ home, where she lives.

Currently, she is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy traditional blouses (“huipiles”), woven wrap-around skirts (“cortes”) and sweaters in the latest designs at the wholesale level. This is the time of year when there are many celebrations and orders for clothing increase. Irisilda wants to have plenty of inventory available for her customers.

Irisilda has a sixth grade education and continues to learn at her monthly meetings when a facilitator from Friendship Bridge designs an educational training centered around an aspect of four topics: health, business, family, women. The facilitator uses role playing, games, pictures and diagrams to share the information. Along with the other six Maya K’iche ladies in her Trust Bank, Irisilda is eager to apply what she has learned. The women often share the information with family members and friends.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for helping Irisilda and the ladies in her group open the doors to a brighter and more successful future!

In this group: Faustina , Filomena , Maria Nohemi , Ana Maria , Irisilda Catarina , Felipa , Maria


This loan is special because:

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



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