Total loan: $4,000

Flores De Duraznos Group

Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy fabric, sewing supplies, as well as inventory for her convenience store.

Flores De Duraznos Group's story

Maria is a young single 20-year-old woman who lives in the cool department/state of Totonicapan. She is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flores de Duraznos” or “Peach Flowers.”

Maria is an ambitious person who has three businesses. She has a convenience store, embroiders traditional colorful blouses or “huipiles” and also sews ornate aprons or “delantales.” She uses her income to support herself and her 47-year-old mother.

She shares, “My parents worked hard so that I could go to school through the 6th grade. My father died, and so I couldn’t continue with my studies. So I took the initiative, opened my businesses and started caring for my mother.” Maria has two employees who help her. She is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy fabric, thread, needles and decor for her textiles, as well as inventory for the store.

There are seven Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank who have an average of six years of formal education. Their businesses range from traditional textile fabrication to convenience stores. In their monthly meetings, they make loan payments and participate in educational trainings (business tools, healthy habits, women’s empowerment/self esteem). Maria shares, “The new information that we learn about really helps us to improve our businesses.” Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care services “Microcredit Plus”. Thank you, Kiva investors!.