Total loan: $6,125

Flor Navidena Group

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Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Services

Flor Navidena Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy fabric and thread in various colors.

Flor Navidena Group's story

Maria, a 40-year-old seamstress, learned to sew by trial and error. She encountered many challenges that she overcame and enabled her to become quite successful. Now, she employs two people from her local community in the department/state of Totonicapan. These days, Maria and the ladies are sewing masks from colorful traditional fabrics. She needs more fabrics and thread and is requesting her fourth Kiva loan. With some of her income, she will be able to cover school expenses for her six children (ages 4-18).

Maria is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flor Navidena”. They live in a rural area of the department. Some speak Spanish while others speak only Maya K’iche. Some women have small restaurants and sewing workshops, while others sell kitchen utensils and personal care products. They meet monthly, make loan payments and participate in educational training sessions that cover an aspect of four topics: health, family, women, business. The loans and educational sessions are only a part of the “Microcredit Plus” program. These women also have access to basic healthcare exams and screenings in the “Health for Life” program. A visiting nurse attends to their needs every two months!

Maria and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva lenders for lending a helping hand. Thank you to each of you!