Total loan: $3,250

Esperanza San Juan Group

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San Juan la Laguna, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy new and used clothes to sell.

Esperanza San Juan Group's story

Micaela is empowering herself through her business of buying and selling traditional clothes. Although she lacks many years of formal education, she is determined and intelligent.

Micaela is 53 years old and is the mother of 7 children over 18 years old. Seventeen years ago, she and her husband made the decision to separate. With the support of her husband and the profits of her business, Micaela was able to provide full education to all her children. Today, she sees that effort rewarded, since her last child received a technical diploma in computing and nursing.

She is requesting a second Kiva loan to continue investing in the business so she can supply clients shopping for New Year's parties. She plans to buy new and used clothes such as "cuts" (skirts), "huipiles" (blouses), "girdles" (belts), shawls, and aprons.

Micaela is a member of the communal bank that is located in the Department/State of Sololá. There are 7 women of Mayan Tzutuhil descent in the group. These women own textile and handicraft business, and sell new and used traditional clothing. They attend monthly meetings to support each other, make loan payments, and participate in indispensable educational training about business, health, family, and women's issues. Every two months, the women receive access to basic health services. The effective combination of credit support, training, and health is called "Microcredit Plus."

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for the vital role you play in the lives of women like Micaela!