Total loan: $6,100

Las Manzanas Group

Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Arts

Las Manzanas Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped named Herlinda buy a large quantity of thread and fabrics.

Las Manzanas Group's story

The art of embroidery (combining threads, colors and textures) is well documented in human history. Herlinda embroiders traditional textiles with the cross-stitch method. Her income, along with that of her husband, sustains the family that includes two grown children who have completed high school.

Herlinda, now 54 years old, learned the art of embroidery from her mother, and it has been a long-time dream of hers to make it a business. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of thread and fabrics.

Herlinda, the president of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank (known as “Las Manzanas” or “The Apples”) calls the monthly meetings to order and the nine other women in the group make loan payments. Their income is generated by their convenience, hardware and construction material stores, as well as their animal husbandry, traditional textile and vegetable sales.

They learn about effective business management practices, health, hygiene and nutrition at their monthly meetings. And, every other month, the women have access to healthcare services. This is very important since the public health care system in Guatemala fails the population. The combination of loans, education and healthcare services is what Friendship Bridge calls Microcredit Plus.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for learning about Herlinda and her friends, and for funding their much appreciated loans! They are opening doors to a brighter future!

(The children in the photograph are children of the borrowers.)