Total loan: $5,025

Unidas Clarenas Group

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Santa Clara La Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Services

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

Unidas Clarenas Group's story

Small sewing workshops are frequently found in communities in rural Guatemala. Juana, a 36-year-old married mother of three children (7 months-10 years) is a seamstress in a rural area in the department/state of Solola. She is hardworking, often hand sewing garments stitch by stitch. Her customers often request glamorous styles with accessories. Juana considers this work as art, and most importantly, a source of income. She is very popular in her neighborhood.

Now it is time for her to replenish her supplies. She is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy fabric, thread, zippers and buttons in various colors at the wholesale level.

Juana and seven other ladies are members of the Trust Bank “Unidas Clarenas.” The majority of them have between three and five years of formal education. They understand the tremendous importance of knowing how to read and write. Some of their income from their animal husbandry, tortilla making, preparing food and seamstress workshops is set aside for the education of their children.

At their monthly meetings, a facilitator shares information with them using pictures, diagrams, role playing and games. Topics about health, women’s issues, family matters and business are relevant to their lives. Every other month, they have access to health care. This combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus.”

The boy in the photo is the son of one of the clients.

Thank you, Kiva lenders!