Total loan: $3,800

Cerro Del Amor Group

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San Antonio Ilotenango, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a sewing machine, a barber chair and a mirror.

Cerro Del Amor Group's story

Juana is an enterprising 27-year-old and a married mother of a 9 year old son who is in the 2nd grade. Her husband is working in the United States. She began a textile business using a sewing machine when she was only 7 years old! Now she has a thriving business sewing traditional belts/”fajas”, skirts/”cortes”, blouses/”blusas” and aprons/”delantales”. Juana also has a barber shop! She is requesting a KIVA loan to buy a sewing machine, a barber chair and a mirror for the little shop.

Juana is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Cerro del Amor” located in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. There are 6 other Maya K’iche women in the group. Two of them are seamstresses, while others sell prepared foods, fruit, clothing or cut hair. They share that their businesses are doing pretty well, in spite of Covid19. The Trust Bank meets monthly and the ladies make loan payments, and participate in educational training sessions that include information about health, family, women, and business. Ladies, like Juana who has a 6th grade education, benefit greatly from these trainings. Every other month, they have access to health care services. The combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”. It works!

Thank you, KIVA investors for the vital role you play in the lives of Juana and her friends. They are opening doors to a brighter future because of their hard work and the effective partnership between KIVA and Friendship Bridge!!