Total loan: $6,475

Las Florecitas Group

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

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A loan helped to buy thread for her weaving.

Las Florecitas Group's story

In a rural village in the state of Chichicastenango there is a trust bank run by 10 K’iche' women. Together they form the group “Las Florecitas”, or “Little Flowers”. They have already completed three loan cycles with Kiva and are looking forward to hopefully receiving another loan. All of these women natively speak the language K’iche' and most have little or no schooling. Their businesses include raising animals, selling fruit and weaving.

One member of Las Florecitas is Petronila. She is 48 years old and has two adult children, aged 18 and 20. She was able to send her children to only elementary school. Her family lives in a two-room home made of concrete block with a tin roof. Petronila helps her husband support their family with her incredible weaving. As an artisan she produces traditional blouses, scarves and napkins. With a Kiva loan, Petronila would like to buy thread for her weaving work.

In addition to access to credit, Las Florecitas have received non-formal education. They have participated in workshops about healthcare and financial training. This program is known as “Microcredit Plus” and is run by Kiva’s field partner “Friendship Bridge”.

Las Florecitas would like to thank all of the lenders at Kiva!