Total loan: $4,225

Claveles Santa Rita Group

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Nahualá, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Clothing

Claveles Santa Rita Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy a variety of traditional textiles including colorful blouses called “huipiles” and wrap around, woven tube skirts called “cortes”.

Claveles Santa Rita Group's story

Sololá is the department/state where the magnificent Lake Atitlan is located along with three majestic volcanoes. It is also the home of nine Maya K'iche ladies, who formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank group “Claveles Santa Rita”.

They are beginning their third loan cycle with Kiva. The longer a woman participates in the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans + education) of Friendship Bridge, the better off she becomes in terms of reducing her level of poverty, improving her children’s education, accumulating savings and improving nutrition for her family.

At the monthly meetings, the ladies participate in educational training in one subtopic of four main subjects, which are women, families, health and business. The lesson is taught in their native Maya language.

Catarina is a member of the group. She is 35 years old and the mother of five children, ages 3 to 20. The older children were able to attend school until the sixth grade. Catarina has a fifth grade education.

With the goals of increasing inventory and income, Catarina is requesting a loan to buy a variety of traditional textiles including colorful blouses called “huipiles” and wrap-around, woven tube skirts called “cortes”. She is determined to take care of her children and raise the standard of living of her family.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for partnering with Friendship Bridge in this effort. Catarina and her friends are poised to step into a brighter future!