Total loan: $5,225

Flor Del Cafe Paquip Group

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Santa Clara La Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Services

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A loan helped to buy fabric and thread for her traditional textile business.

Flor Del Cafe Paquip Group's story

Carolina, the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flor del Cafe Paquip,” is 38-years-old and the married mother of 4 children who range in age from 13-20. Her husband is a day worker and does not make sufficient income to cover the household expenses. Carolina works each morning cleaning other people’s homes. In the afternoons, she sews beautiful and colorful traditional blouses called “huipiles” and elaborate aprons or “delantales” that are popular with the women in her area. Some of her income will be earmarked toward the continuing education of her children. She is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy a variety of fabrics and thread.

There are 7 Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank who live in the department/state of Solola. They have learned to budget and plan in their monthly educational sessions and are requesting their first Kiva loan. Because they have little or no formal education, these sessions are essential to their success and give them information about themselves (women’s roles, rights, empowerment), their businesses, and their families (nutrition, health, hygiene). Friendship Bridge calls this effective combination of education, loans, and healthcare services “Microcredit Plus.”

Carolina and her friends are opening doors to a brighter and more successful future because of their determination, along with the support of Kiva and Friendship Bridge. Thank you, Kiva investors!