Sureydi is an 18-year-old single mother. Her son Adrian was born with a cleft lip and is now 1 1/2 years old. Cleft lip is a medical condition that makes it difficult for children to eat or speak. Many also face social discrimination and are unable to attend school as a result. Sureydi lacks the financial resources to seek medical assistance for her son. She and Adrian live with her parents who work as farmers in a rural indigenous community. This loan will help her pay for life-changing corrective surgery for Adrian, vastly improving his quality of life and future opportunities.
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.