Total loan: $4,125

Flor De Maria Group

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Chicacao, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Food

Flor De Maria Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy a variety of vegetables wholesale.

Flor De Maria Group's story

Marketplaces in the Guatemalan highlands are filled with colorful fruits and vegetables. Maya ladies like 41 year old Claudia are able to earn income as produce sellers. Claudia is married and a mother of 4 children (6-24). Her oldest 2 children graduated from high school while the rest are still studying. Claudia lives in the department/state of Suchitepequez where the soil is quite fertile and the yields of fruits and vegetables are abundant. She buys vegetables at the wholesale level, and sells them in her local market. Her income goes toward electricity, water and food bills. Claudia is requesting her 1st KIVA loan to buy tomatoes, squash, potatoes and carrots.

Claudia and 9 other ladies are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flor de Maria”. They raise animals, sell fruits and vegetables and have traditional textile businesses. They meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. Topics are centered around health, family, women, and business. They are designed by a Facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share the information. Every 2 months, the women have access to basic health care exams/services delivered by a nurse. At the current time, emphasis has been placed on the importance of wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands.

Thank you, Kiva investors!