Total loan: $1,975

Flor De Maria Group

San Jorge la Laguna, Guatemala, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy good quality beads in various colors, thread, needles and hooks and other supplies.

Flor De Maria Group's story

San Jorge La Laguna is located off a narrow twisted road that is heavily traveled by people going to several towns on the shores of the magnificent Lake Atitla. It is on the side of a mountain and often people are seen climbing up and down the steep road that connects the town with the main road. It has a magnificent view of the lake and the volcanoes that dot the lake.

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flor de Maria” or “Flower of Maria” is beginning a new loan cycle with Friendship Bridge. The women are quite happy at the thought of securing another loan and have high hopes for the growth of their small businesses.

Angela is a member of the Trust Bank who is about to receive her very first loan. This is very exciting for her. She only was able to finish the 6th grade. This enterprising 28 year old has a jewelry business and makes beaded rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and belts. She sells at the wholesale level in a tourist town about two hours from San Jorge. In addition, she has been able to give work to 5 people in her community !

Angela is requesting a loan to buy good quality beads in various colors, thread, needles and hooks as well as other supplies. The earnings that she generates will help with the education of her 3 children who range in age from 1-10. She wants to see them educated and successful.

The ladies meet monthly with a Facilitator from the organization who watches as they transact business on their loans. Then, the Facilitator uses drawings, photos and pictures, as well as games and role playing to convey information to them.

With the assistance of Kiva lenders, these ladies are taking small daily steps toward empowering themselves, generating increased income, educating their children and eliminating poverty in their lives. Thank you, Kiva lenders for helping women like Ángela.