A loan helped a member to buy large quantity of thread and traditional wrap around skirts called “cortes”.

Mujeres Lago Group's story

Traditional Guatemalan clothing is quite colorful and time consuming to weave and embroider. This is the business of 27 year old Elsa, a married 27 year old mother of 2 children (ages 7 and 8 LBC12). Her husband is a bricklayer. Elsa has a 6th grade education. Five years ago, she began a business selling traditional clothing and also began to embroider colorful blouses called “huipiles”, as well as ornate belts called “fajas”. She is able to deliver 7 outfits each month. With her 2nd KIVA loan, Elsa can buy a variety of traditional wrap around skirts or “cortes”, as well as quantity thread for weaving and embroidery.

Elsa is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Lago”. They are Maya “Kaqchikel” and live in a town on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan, in the department/state of Solola. These women have traditional textile businesses and sell French fries. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they make loan payments and participate in educational training sessions. Topics help to empower them and are drawn from 4 areas: business, health, family, women. This is important because they have little or no formal education. The ladies also have access to bi-monthly basic health care services. A visiting nurse offers all kinds of exams and consults. This is a critical component of the “Microcredit Plus” program because the Guatemalan health care system is always stretched thin.

Thank you, KIVA investors, for giving Elsa real hope for a brighter future!

In this group: Elsa Higinia , Paulina , Petrona , Izabel , Maria Josefa , Maria Etelvina , Rosa , Maria

This loan is special because:

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

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