A loan of $3,000 helped a member to buy fabric and thread to make huipiles and aprons.

Mujeres De Exito Group's story

The town of Patzun is located in southwest Guatemala. While it is a fairly quiet community, the town has a variety of bustling commerce activities. In the West Village of Patzun, the Trust Bank Mujeres de Éxito (Successful Women) was formed four years ago and currently has nine determined women in the group, all of whom identify with the name of the Trust Bank. The vast majority of women in this group are engaged in hand weaving, selling screws and selling fruits and vegetables. They are all neighbors and know each other well.

Maria Magdalena is a member of the Mujeres de Éxito Trust Bank. She is 50 years old, married, and has eight children (four of them still live at home). Thanks to Maria and her husband’s hard work, all of her children were in school until the heavy rains hit Guatemala last year and her oldest child, who was in college, had to drop out. Maria Magdalena only has three years of education, because her family couldn’t support her schooling anymore. Maria learned to make huipiles (traditional blouses) when she was a child, and over time she learned the styles from other places. She now makes different styles of huipiles from different areas. She also learned how to make chocolate (a product that originated in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where she is originally from). Maria Magdalena travels to Antigua, Guatemala (two hours away from home), Monday through Saturday and sells her products from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. She also sells her products in Patzun on Sundays.

With her new loan, Maria Magdalena will buy fabric and thread to make huipiles. She will also use the materials to make aprons since her orders are on the rise because the Easter season is fast approaching. She will also use her loan to buy more ingredients to make chocolates so that she can keep up with demand (she has many orders for chocolates as well). One of Maria Magdalena’s goals is to grow her businesses and have her children help manage the businesses with her. She also wants to help her child, who had to drop out of college, go back to school.

She is very happy and grateful to Friendship Bridge for the opportunity to have been a client for the past four years, which has allowed her to invest in her business. Likewise, the Trust Bank that she belongs to feels so grateful to the KIVA lenders because even though they do not know the lenders, they rely on their support.

In this group: Albertina, Juana, Maria Magdalena, Ingry Nineth*, Maria Teresa, Liliana Alejandra, Sara, Rafaela, Evelyn Merida
*not pictured

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