A loan helped a member to buy a foot loom and a large quantity of thread.

Chitactux Group's story

Maya ladies consider their colourful traditional outfits or “traje” to be a statement of their personal and cultural identity. Styles are constantly changing with new designs and color combinations. The textiles are woven on a backstrap or foot loom and embroidered with intricate designs.

Leonicia, a 60 year old married mother of 8 children now over the age of 20, has a traditional textile business. She works with her husband and 2 employees weaving traditional wrap around skirts called “cortes” which she sells in the local market. With some of her income, she sent each of her 8 children through elementary school!

Leonicia is requesting her 3rd KIVA loan to buy another foot loom and a large quantity of thread.

The department/state of Totonicapan is where Leonicia and 7 other ladies have joined together and formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Chitactux”. These women have thread stores, traditional textile workshops and raise animals. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they make loan payments and participate in educational trainings. Learning about effective business management practices, health, nutrition and women’s issues is vital to their success. Also, since the health care system barely functions in Guatemala, the ladies appreciate being able to access health care services every 2 months.

“Microcredit Plus” is the name given to loans, education and health care.

Thank you, KIVA investors, for lending a helping hand to Leonicia and her friends!

In this group: Olga Jesus, Juana Victoria, Juana Guadalupe, Maria Tomasa , Angela Micaela, Adela Oneida , Josefa Nicolasa, Leonicia Josefa

This loan is special because:

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

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