A few years ago, Imelda's daughter Jamilet, now 4 years old, was playing in the kitchen with fire when unexpectedly the fire exploded severely burning Jamilet. She has limited movement of her left arm and cannot raise it more than half way. Imelda is a single mother who supports her eight children by selling candies and gum. This loan will help her pay for corrective surgery for her daughter to allow her normal function, vastly improving her quality of life and future opportunities. It is anticipated that a single surgery will completely restore her arm movement.
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.