Total loan: $4,275

Amanecer Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy fabric, thread, and accessories for her sewing machines.

Amanecer Group's story

Taking precautions, like wearing facemasks, is crucial during this time of the pandemic. For Maria, a 35-year-old seamstress with a 14-year-old son, it is her business. She sews beautiful masks from traditional Guatemalan fabric and also makes traditional blouses. Maria is a single mother and is dedicated to her son. After planning carefully, she is requesting a Kiva loan to buy fabric, thread, and accessories for her sewing machines.

Maria, along with eight other ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank group “Amanecer,” meaning “Dawn.” The women have lumber stores, tailoring shops, shoe stores, and raise animals. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they offer each other support, make loan payments, and participate in interesting educational training sessions designed by a facilitator who uses games, role playing, pictures, and diagrams to share the information. Topics are drawn from four areas: business, health, family, and women. Often the women share what they learn with family and friends. In addition, every two weeks, the ladies have access to mobile health care! A visiting nurse offers blood pressure exams, family planning consultations, and more. “Microcredit Plus” is the name given to this effective combination of health care, educational training, and loan support.

Thanks to the generosity of Kiva lenders, women like Maria are stepping into a brighter future. Thank you!