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Doña Josefina Ordonez is 37 years old and is single with 3 children. When she was 3 years old her older brother accidentally cut off her hand with an ax. The hand was completely amputated, but Josefina is still able to weave and happily says that she functions the same as someone with 2 hands.

About 4 years ago she became part of a women’s lending group with FAPE and received her first loan. A few years ago her nephew learned to make sandals and Josefina helped him to open his own shop so that he could make more money. They have been making sandals now in their own workshop for 4 years and she needs capital in order to buy materials like leather and rubber soles.

They dream of selling their shoes in many of the local markets and of having a lot of employees. Josefina hopes that her children will be able to continue studying and that someday she will be able to expand her home so that each child can have their own room.

Translated from Spanish by Andrea Bouch, Kiva Fellow.

Doña Josefina Ordóñez, es una señora de 37 años de edad, esta sola con, 3 hijos, ella por accidente cuando tenia 3 años su hermano mayor le corta la mano con un hacha, fue amputada, mas sin embargo, ella teje hasta este momento, hace 4 años se integra a un grupo de mujeres para un crédito, luego un sobrino, aprende hacer sandalias, ella lo impulsó para que se iniciaran un taller propio y no mas ser empleado, llevan 4 años de fabricar sandalias, ahora necesitan capital para comprar suelas y cuero para elaborar Zapatos, el sueño que tienen es de poder vender en muchos mercados locales, tener muchos empleados, y que sus hijos puedan seguir estudiando, una habitación cada hijo.

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About FAPE

FAPE, the Foundation for the Assistance of Small Businesses, is a nonprofit, socially-minded institution that provides loans to micro-entrepreneurs across Guatemala.

About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 131
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $10,298,025
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 8.1
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,125 helped Josefina materials to make shoes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 2, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 15, 2010