Rene, his parents, and two siblings, all work in their small family-run business. They sell toys, school supplies and non-perishable food products to local community members from their home. A few years ago Rene's mother was ironing the family's clothes when, in a brief moment, wanting to assist his mother, Rene grabbed the hot iron severely burning his index finger. In time this cause his finger to curl into his hand because of the resultant burn scar contracture. As a result Rene is unable to grasp different objects securely with his left hand. This loan will enable reconstructive plastic surgery to restore his hand function including the use of tools.
About Plasticos Foundation.
Plasticos Foundation is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides reconstructive plastic surgery to low-income individuals with correctable health issues like cleft lips, burns and more. Founded in 1998, it also trains and assists surgeons around the world.
Kiva lenders’ funds enable low-income families in Guatemala’s San Marcos district to obtain payment plans for reconstructive surgeries. These loans will help them pay for the correction of cleft lips and palates, burn contractures, acquired and congenital hand and limb deformities, and other reconstructive operations. After surgery, most patients are able to return to school or the workforce after being stigmatized their whole lives in most cases.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.
Plasticos Foundation joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.