A loan helped a member to buy high-quality thread in various colors for her beautiful blouses.

Estrellas De Xejuyu Group's story

The elaborate designs woven and embroidered on traditional Mayan blouses or “huipiles” are proudly worn by women throughout the Western Highlands of Guatemala. These textiles are highly admired and collected by many outside of the country.

Evelin, a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Estrellas de Xejuyu” carries on this tradition and has a small workshop where she weaves these textile treasures. She is 27 years old, married, and has two children, who are 15 days old and 3 years old. She visualizes her children being successful adults with careers.

Evelin is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy high-quality thread so that she can continue to weave. She also wants to employ other people who will be able to earn income for their own families.

Evelin, along with eight other women in the group, are determined to be successful entrepreneurs, mothers, and wives. Although they have little or no formal education, they are anxious to learn about effective business management practices, health, family matters, and women’s issues. For their monthly meetings, a facilitator designs training on these topics and uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share the information.

Every other month, the ladies have access to basic healthcare services. Friendship Bridge calls the effective combination of loans, education and health care services Microcredit Plus.

Kiva investors are highly appreciated by these ladies for their kindness and generosity. Thank you to each of you!

In this group: Dina , Onelia Elizabeth , Susana , Evelin Filadelfia , Fermina Rosales , Catalina , Elvia Maribel , Cindy Paola , Estefi Nohemi

This loan is special because:

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

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