Total loan: $3,700

Flor De Pachaj Group

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Cantel Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Arts

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Flor De Pachaj Group's story

In the state of Quetzaltenango, nine women banded together to help one another access microcredit for their businesses. They form the “Flor de Pachaj” Trust Bank. The ladies weave, buy and sell traditional Guatemalan clothing, and embroider blouses. All of these women have found their entrepreneurial spark as a response to poverty, looking for solutions to the hard problems marking their day-to-day lives.

One of these K’iche’ women, Flor, is a single mom with an 8-year-old son. Flor, 30, made it to ninth grade, and her son is currently in first grade. She has built a weaving workshop that now employs four people. She oversees the monthly production of 25 cortes, or traditional skirts worn by Maya women. This is her Trust Bank’s first Kiva loan cycle, and she hopes to invest in another loom, which will increase her output while creating one new job.

By belonging to this Trust Bank, Flor not only can access microloans for her weaving workshop, but she also receives monthly training on different business, health, and personal development topics. The organization that runs the Trust Bank, Friendship Bridge, is also a Kiva field partner. Flor has especially appreciated the health and wellness sessions on hygiene and natural medicines. These trainings, paired with credit, help empower Flor in the most important areas of her life.

Thank you for supporting Flor and the women in her Trust Bank. With this loan, they can open new doors for them, their families, and their community.