Total loan: $3,825
Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Agriculture
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A loan helped Elvira is requesting a loan to buy more flowers so that she can diversify & expand to offer her customers more options.
Jirhe Group's story
The beautiful department of Quiché (pronounced key-chay) is characterized by a large Mayan population who hold fast to their traditions including their style of dress. Seven Mayan K’iche have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Jirhe” and are beginning their 1st loan cycle with KIVA. The ladies have various businesses including the sales of chicken, tortillas, used clothing & traditional wrap-around woven skirts “cortes”. Elvira is the President of the Trust Bank who buys & sells flowers in the local market. She is 22 years old, uneducated with 3 children who range in age from 2-8. The oldest are in pre-kindergarten & 1st grade. Elvira is requesting a loan to buy more flowers so that she can diversify and expand to offer her customers more options. At their monthly meetings, the ladies make payments on their loans and participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” Program of Friendship Bridge (loans + education). The women learn about the world around them and within them as they learn about hygiene, health, nutrition, women’s rights and the use of medicinal plants. They also acquire business skills so that they can use their loans effectively. KIVA investors are held in high esteem by these ladies. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!