Total loan: $3,600

Gladiolas De Pachaj 2 Group

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Cantel Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Retail

Gladiolas De Pachaj 2 Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy fabric, thread, and zippers at wholesale prices.

Gladiolas De Pachaj 2 Group's story

Small sewing workshops allow women like 53-year-old Rosa to generate income and help support their families. Rosa is a very independent woman who is married and the mother of two grown children who are now 28 and 32. She is very proud that she was able to cover their educational expenses and both have graduated from high school. Rosa has become more successful and is earning more income because there is much demand for her facemasks and traditional aprons. She employs two people to help her fill orders. She says, “I am requesting my first Kiva loan to buy some fabric, thread, and zippers in various colors at the wholesale level.”

Rosa and the six other ladies in her borrowing group live in a rural area in the state of Quetzaltenango. They formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Gladiolas de Pachaj 2” group, and they feel fortunate to participate in the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care. They work hard at their convenience stores, tailoring shops, traditional textile businesses, and selling basic grains. Their monthly educational training sessions are essential to their success and they feel more empowered as they learn about women’s rights and roles, self esteem, nutrition, hygiene, and the use of medicinal plants. They also gain effective business management tools. Every other month, the ladies have access to health care!

It would be impossible for women like Rosa to walk into a bank to secure a loan. Thank you, Kiva lenders, for believing in her and her friends.