Total loan: $4,550

Jireh Group

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

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A loan helped to buy a variety of fabrics and various colors of thread.

Jireh Group's story

Community health centers are found all over rural areas in Guatemala but often lack funding, personnel and supplies. Nevertheless, they provide essential services to community members. Claudia, a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Jireh”, is a vocational nurse who works in her local health center. Claudia is 30 years old, married with a 10 year old son who is in 4th grade. Her husband is a “microbus” driver. To make additional income, Claudia embroiders colorful traditional blouses called “huipiles”. She started the business 2 years ago and is able to finish one “huipil” each month. Claudia is requesting a KIVA loan to buy a variety of fabrics and various colors of thread.

Claudia is one of 7 Maya “K’iche” ladies in the Trust Bank and lives in the department/state of Solola. This is the 2nd loan cycle for the group. The average age of the women is 35 years old. They sell vegetables, raise chickens and are “tuk tuk” drivers. The women gather monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are relevant to their lives and drawn from 4 areas: health, family, women, business. Claudia shares that she appreciated learning about the dangers of over-indebtedness, making prompt loan payments and not taking out a loan in the name of another person. Every other month, the ladies have access to health care services provided by a visiting nurse.

Thanks, KIVA investors!