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On September 1 1965, Daniel was discharged from the Guatemalan Army. On that day, when his platoon and he where traveling via military truck, they were ambushed by the guerrillas using incendiary grenades causing severe burn burns. Mr. Daniel received primary care in the army, but was left with residual burn deformity that limits the function and movement of his neck, lower lip and hand due to burn contractures. This loan will be used for corrective plastic reconstructive surgery to improve his mobility.

Additional Information

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.

About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 84
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $9,928,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.8
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $975 helped Daniel improve the motion of his neck, lip and hand.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
37 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 16, 2013
Apr 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 17, 2014