Total loan: $3,600

Flores Del Durazno Group

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Cunen, El Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy potatoes, carrots, squash and tomatoes for her second loan.

Flores Del Durazno Group's story

It is the rainy season in Guatemala right now which means many day laborers who work in construction have no work and therefore no income. Antonia, a 57-year-old married mother of three children (8-15), needs to work twice as hard selling vegetables since her husband, who is a bricklayer, isn’t working and cannot contribute to household expenses.

Antonia walks through neighborhoods with a straw basket brimming with colorful vegetables. She shares, “I am focused on selling my vegetables so that I can send my children to primary and secondary schools. My husband and I need to cover household expenses, especially our food bills. She is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy potatoes, carrots, squash and tomatoes.

Antonia and six other Maya K’iche ladies have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flores del Durazno”. They have textile workshops, tortilla shops, upholstery and clothing businesses. Others make/sell sweet confections. They are a close knit group and share experiences. A facilitator shares monthly educational trainings (business, health, family, women) designed to empower and educate them. Every two months, they have access to healthcare services. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and healthcare “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for lending a helping hand to Antonia and her friends. They are opening doors to a brighter future benefiting themselves, their families and their community in the department/state of Quiche!!