Total loan: $5,825

Flores Amarillas Group

Cunen, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy chairs, tables, and kitchenware to open a restaurant and some basic food items for her recipes.

Flores Amarillas Group's story

This is the second Kiva loan cycle for the 10 Maya K’iche' women in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, Flores Amarillas (Yellow Flowers), located in the high mountains in the department/state of Quiche. Only a few of the ladies have six years of schooling, while the others have none. They have businesses in animal husbandry (chickens, pigs, sheep), traditional textiles, and basic grains (corn, beans).

They meet monthly to support each other, make loan payments, and participate in useful educational trainings that cover an aspect of four topics: business, health, women, or family. These sessions are designed and conducted by a facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing, and games to share the information.

The secretary of the group is 26-year-old Maria, who is married and has two children, ages 6 and 8. The children are in kindergarten and the first grade. Maria buys and resells colorful traditional clothing. She has saved some funds and is opening a little restaurant, because there are only a few in her area. Maria is requesting a Kiva loan to buy chairs, tables, kitchenware and some basic food items for her recipes.

Maria and her friends in the group really look forward to their monthly meetings and appreciate the opportunity to get credit, participate in educational training, and have access to health care services. The combination of loans, education, and healthcare is called “Microcredit Plus”. Thank you, Kiva investors, for the vital role you play in funding these much appreciated loans!