Total loan: $2,500

Flor De Encino Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of high quality thread in various colors.

Flor De Encino Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flor de Encino” is composed of 7 Maya K’iche ladies who are beginning their 3rd loan cycle with Kiva. They live in a rural area in the state of Quiche. Most have traditional textile businesses making shawls (also known as “bufandas” or “chalinas”), or pretty, ornate blouses called “huipiles”.

The Treasurer of the group is 28-year-old Maria, who is a married mother of 2 children (ages 8 and 11). Both of the children go to school (2nd and 5th grades). Maria weaves beautiful traditional textiles like the above mentioned ones, that she then delivers by the dozen to the local market. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy a variety of high quality thread in various colors. Maria will earmark some of her income for the future education of her children, because education is not free in Guatemala. She is keenly aware of its value.

Each month, these women meet to make payments on their loans and participate in educational trainings, as part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services. Since the ladies have little or no formal education, they are eager to learn about relevant topics like health, family, women and business management. Most of them come from families who could not afford to send them to school, and the women had to start working at an early age.

All of the women appreciate the chance to access credit supplied by Kiva investors. They are committed to empowering themselves, educating their children and leaving poverty behind. Thank you!