A loan helped a member to buy more colorful traditional clothing to resell.

Guadalupe Toto Group's story

Intricate, colorful embroidered and woven patterns in Guatemalan textiles are very labor intensive and among the most beautiful in the world. Fabricating them gives many underserved ladies a way to earn income and take care of household expenses, including the education of their children.

Josefina, a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Guadalupe Toto” in the department/state of Totonicapan, has been selling textiles for 20 years. She shares, “Each outfit is distinctive and reflects the area where the wearer lives. I do not embroider nor weave, but selling blouses/“huipiles,” wraparound woven tube skirts/“cortes,” and beautiful belts/“fajas” helps me conserve my culture.” Josefina is 54 years old and married with two grown children who went to high school. She is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy more traditional clothing to resell.

Monthly informal educational trainings are a backbone of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services. As the seven Maya K’iche ladies in the group have little or no formal education, they are greatly helped as they learn about effective business practices, health, hygiene, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants. They also learn about empowerment and women’s rights/roles. Every other month, they receive preventative health services like PAP smears, breast exams, and blood pressure checks.

Kiva investors who fund these essential loans give great hope to Josefina and her friends. Thank you!

In this group: Vicenta Lucia , Celestina Maribel , Josefina , Catarina , Patricia Sucely , Carmen Silveria , Carmen Del Rosario

This loan is special because:

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

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