Total loan: $3,450

Flor Del Rio Group

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Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy chickens and more "cuts" typical skirts.

Flor Del Rio Group's story

Throughout history, Guatemalan girls have stayed at home with their mothers and have learned to weave, raise animals, or work in the business. That's how it was for Juana, 27, to live. She studied 5 years in school, while at the same time she learned to sell traditional clothes and take care of animals. Juana is married and has 3 children (6 months to 7 years).

To generate income and help her husband who is a mason, Juana fattens chickens and sells "cuts" typical skirts. Juana offers these products in the local square. She needs her 1st Kiva loan to invest in business and buy chickens and more "cuts" typical skirts.

There are 7 Maya K’iche women at the “Flor de Rio” Community Bridge of Friendship, located in the Department (state) of Sololá. Most of them attended school for 4 years. They understand the importance of a good education, although it is not free in Guatemala.

The women have small businesses that range from textile manufacturing to raising farm animals (pigs, chickens). The profits they obtain are used to educate their children.

They appreciate the monthly training, which is part of the "Microcredit Plus" program (loans + education + health) where they acquire information on health, nutrition, hygiene, use of medicinal plants, and how to prioritize expenses. In this process, women like Juana gain self-esteem and become more empowered.

Thank you!