Total loan: $4,125

Santa Elena Group

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Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a foot loom.

Santa Elena Group's story

Fermina is 56 years old and a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Santa Elena" group, located in a temperate zone in the department/state of Quiché. Fermina recalls that her family was poor and difficult because her father was an alcoholic. She was unable to attend school but worked caring for her family's sheep. Today, she is married and has 6 children over the age of 22. To provide an education and a better quality of life for the family, Fermina and her husband make beautiful traditional aprons called "delantales." Her children help with the business, as well as 2 employees who weave the traditional apron fabrics. Their aprons are in high demand, with many orders for end of the year parties. Fermina is requesting a second Kiva loan to buy a foot loom.

The Trust Bank has 7 Maya K'iché speaking members who want to improve the quality of their family's lives by having successful businesses (traditional and modern textiles, pewter tableware, selling tortillas, grinding corn, or selling prepared food). They, along with 30,000 other low-income Guatemala women, attend monthly meetings to make loan payments and participate in educational sessions that include topics on health, nutrition, hygiene, and entrepreneurship. These trainings are part of the "Microcredit Plus" program of loans, education and healthcare services. Every other month they are able to see a visiting nurse for exams and screenings.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your support!