Eleven Maya K’iche’ women formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flores De Chontola” located in the state/department of El Quiché. The women in this area are known for wearing their colorful, traditional outfits of embroidered blouses or “huipiles,” woven wrap around skirts or “cortes,” and elaborate belts or “fajas.” They are beginning their fifth loan cycle with Kiva, and look forward to infusing new capital into their artisan businesses weaving traditional belts that are hand embroidered with designs native to their community. They sell their products in markets outside their community. Most of the women have a sixth grade education.One of the members with a sixth grade education is 25-year-old Tomasa. She is the mother of a son (age 6) who has not started school. She has a small business embroidering belts with traditional designs of the Maya K’iche’ culture. Tomasa wants to create new and more attractive designs, and is requesting a loan to buy a variety of multicolored thread from different companies, as well as new woven belts on which she can embroider. Tomasa and her friends participate in monthly educational training sessions on topics like sound financial practices, hygiene, health, nutrition, and women’s rights. These educational sessions help them to make good decisions and develop leadership skills. The combination of loans and education, or the “Microcredit Plus” program, empowers the ladies who strive to move from poverty into a brighter future. Thank you, Kiva investors!

In this group: Herminia, Sebastiana Isabel, Josefa, Marta, Tomasa, Felipa, Estela, Nicolasa, Rosa, Tomasa Cecilia, Marta, Tomasa, Selena, Manuela, Silveria

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This loan is special because:

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

A loan of $6,500 helps a member to buy a variety of multicolored thread from different companies, as well as new woven belts on which she can embroider.