Total loan: $5,775

Madres Laboriosas Group

San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy a sewing machine, corn, gas and firewood.

Madres Laboriosas Group's story

There are numerous Friendship Bridge Trust Banks in the department/state of Chimaltenango and one of them is “Madres Laboriosas” formed by 10 Maya Kaqchikel ladies.

Silvia, a 30-year-old married mother of a 5-year-old son, is working hard so that her son can enjoy a complete education. She was only able to go to school for 2 years because her parents lacked funds for her to continue. Silvia has a tortilla shop where she makes fresh delicious tortillas 3 times each day. She is also a seamstress and is requesting her 2nd Kiva loan to buy a sewing machine, corn, gas and firewood.

The 10 women live in a rural area and sell their tortillas and firewood in the local market. They are also seamstresses, and they sell bedspreads and sheets. They meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare.

The educational topics are relevant to their lives and cover basic business tools, as well as information about nutrition, health, hygiene and self esteem. Silvia shares, “I put into practice what I learn at our monthly meetings, especially about women’s and children’s rights.” Since the ladies have little or no formal education, they learn by participating in games, role playing or with pictures and diagrams.

Silvia and the hardworking ladies in the group extend their gratitude to Kiva investors from all parts of the world who fund their loans. They are poised to step into a brighter future!