A loan helped a member to buy adornments to decorate her traditional “huipiles” and “delantles” that are worn in the community.


Mujeres De Chuanoj Group's story

It is difficult and practically impossible for a Guatemalan indigenous woman to speak out and express herself. For many, this stems from the 30 year civil war that ended in 1996 and for others, it is because they grew up feeling not valued and had no self-esteem. Friendship Bridge with its “Microcredit Plus” Program, combining small loans and education, is making a difference in the lives of over 22,000 indigenous women who are empowering themselves and learning to value themselves as well.

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Chuanoj” is composed of eleven ladies who live in rural “Aldea Chuanoj” in Guatemala. The people in this area speak the indigenous Mayan native language of Kiche. The majority of women have traditional textile businesses and create ornate blouses called “huipiles”. Others buy and sell traditional woven tube skirts call “cortes”.

Yesica, a young 19 year old member of the group, was elected President, a role that she responsibly carries out with great care. She has a young 3 year old daughter. Yesica has her own textile business and buys and sells traditional “huipiles” and “cortes” as well as belts or “fajas” and aprons or “delantales”. She is quite happy with her business and is pleased that her family helps her to distribute her textiles to various parts of the country. She is requesting a loan that she will use to buy adornments to decorate her “huipiles” and “delantles” that are worn in the community.

At the monthly meetings of the Trust Bank, a Friendship Bridge Facilitator shares relevant information through role playing, drawings and pictures with the ladies. They acquire valuable business tools learning about budgeting, accounting and marketing.

Thank you, KIVA investors, for taking the time to learn about Yesica and her friends in the “Mujeres de Chuanoj” Trust Bank. With their loans and education, they are poised to step into a brighter future, benefitting themselves, their families and their community! We are cheering them on to success!

In this group: Maria Marcela, Cecilia Evarista, Maria Manuela, Maria Julia, Maria Jesus, Maria Eugenia, Yesica Marleny, Isabel Elena, Juana, Antonioa Florinda, Ana Isabel



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