Total loan: $4,375

Flor De Choxbajan Group

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Momostenango, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Services

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A loan helped to buy supplies such as traditional fabrics in bulk, sewing accessories, thread, and parts for her sewing machine.

Flor De Choxbajan Group's story

The Maya K’iche’ women have been neglected, sometimes discriminated against, and generally ignored for a long period of time. Odilia is a 30-year-old Maya K’iche’ woman who is married and a mother of two children (ages 11 months and four years). She only attended school for six years. A few years ago, Odilia began to manage a sewing business in which she makes all types of clothing and tablecloths to sell at the market in her community. She is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy supplies such as traditional fabrics, sewing accessories, thread, and parts for her sewing machine.

There are eight women that make up the Communal Trust Bank “Flor De Choxbajan”. They live in the State of Totonicapán. These women have businesses that include raising animals, sewing, managing stores, and selling basic grains. They have very little education, so they learn a great deal from the monthly educational seminars that are offered as part of the “Microcredit Plus” program that includes loans, education, and health services. The women acquire effective business tools and learn about healthy habits, good nutrition, hygiene, and how to strengthen their businesses during these difficult times as a result of COVID-19. They also implement heath measures to protect their families.

On behalf of her group, Odilia expresses her appreciation to the Kiva lenders for their kindness in financing these essential loans.