A loan helped a member guisela plans to buy more fabric, traditional skirts and rhinestones.

Mujeres Virtuosas De Pajoc Group's story

Styles of colorful traditional clothing in Guatemala change as they do throughout the world. Rhinestones frequently adorn these new styles. Guisela, a 28 year old married mother of three children (five months, seven, and eight yrs), has a 6th grade education. She sells traditional clothing and underclothing. She also embroiders traditional blouses with the cross stitch method.

She began the business five years ago and works with her mother-in-law. Guisela's husband migrated to the United States. She is requesting her 4th KIVA loan to buy a variety of fabrics, woven wrap-around skirts and rhinestones. Her goals are to expand the business and start selling via Whatsapp.

Guisela is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Virtuosas de Pajoc” in the department of Totonicapan. There are seven other Maya K’iche ladies in the group who have tortilla shops, raise chickens, sell used American clothing and catalogue products. Others have businesses selling fish, fried potatoes and auto supplies. The women meet monthly, make loan payments and participate in interactive educational sessions about every day topics like health, nutrition, hygiene, women’s issues and family matters. They also learn about effective business management tools. Recently, they have learned about the dangers of over-indebtedness and leadership skills. Every two months, they have access to basic health care services. This combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, KIVA investors!

In this group: Guisela Magali , Yohana Judith , Maria Gumercinda , Mayra Jeaneth , Glendy Anabela , Margarita , Maria Roselia , Regina Pascuala

This loan is special because:

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

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