Total loan: $2,050

Flor De Paz Group

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Nahualá, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy fabric, various colors of thread and pearls in order to have plenty of supplies available for her orders.

Flor De Paz Group's story

Three principle Mayan languages are spoken in the town of Solola: Kaqchikel, K’iche & Tz’utujil. The busy town overlooks the magnificent Lake Atitlan with its three towering volcanoes. Solola is also the home of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Flor De Paz” or “Flower & Peace”, which is located in a rural area outside of the town.

The seven ladies in the group are beginning their second loan cycle with Kiva. They will use the funds to invest in their animal husbandry & traditional textile fabrication businesses. The women meet monthly to make payments on their loans and participate in educational trainings based on four main topics: women, health, families, and business. The combination of small loans and education is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Lucia is a 24-year-old married mother of five, who has a third grade education. She is the president of the group. Her children range from four to six years of age. The oldest is going to school. Lucia embroiders colorful traditional blouses called “huipiles” that are proudly worn by the women in the state department of Solola.

Lucia delivers four huipiles each month to her clients. She is requesting a loan to buy fabric, various colors of thread, and pearls in order to have plenty of supplies available for her orders. Her goals are to expand her business and increase sales and income. It is especially important to Lucia that her children get a good education.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your kindness in funding these loans!