A loan helped a member to buy fabric and zippers.


Mujeres Valientes Chuitap Group's story

With careful planning, hard work and lots of determination, 30 year old Santa has opened a textile workshop sewing sweatshirts. She has 10 employees who are able to support their own families. She only went to school for six years because her parents needed her to work to help with household expenses.

Santa understands the importance of a good education and sets aside some of her income for the education of her children (ages 4 and 10). She began her business only five years ago and now sells her sweatshirts wholesale to different areas in the department/state of Totonicapan where she lives. Currently, she has many orders and is requesting her 1st KIVA loan to buy fabric and zippers. Santa wants her employees to have plenty of raw materials.

This busy woman is also the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Valientes Chuitap” along with
six other Maya K’iche ladies. All of them have textile workshops.

The majority of these ladies have little or no formal education. They benefit greatly from their monthly educational sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are relevant to their lives and include basic business management tools, health, family matters and women’s empowerment. Every two months, they have access to basic health care services like blood pressure and blood sugar testing, PAP smears and more. A visiting nurse, who speaks their Maya K’iche language makes them feel comfortable.

Thank you, KIVA investors!

In this group: Maria Josefina , Santa Petrona , Magdalena Cristina , Angelica Cristina , Lucia , Eusebia , Albertina


This loan is special because:

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



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