Total loan: $4,675

Las Flores De Maria Group

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

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A loan helped to buy quantities of multicolor thread and fabric.

Las Flores De Maria Group's story

In Guatemala, the traditional clothing “huipiles” (blouses), “cortes” (skirts), and “fajas” (sashes) are very much worn by the Mayan population. It is a source of pride for the villagers to celebrate their culture. Because there is great demand for this clothing, the people, especially the women, of the state of Totonicapán take advantage of the opportunity to make these garments.

Rosalía, age 33, who is Maya K’iche’, sells this clothing. She lives with her husband and has five children older than five years. Although Rosalía did not attend school, she is determined to provide a complete education for all her children. Rosalía has had this business for nine yars, and she also does eye-catching embroidery. She is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy multicolored thread and fabric for embroidery.

There are nine Maya K’iche’ women in the Friendship Bridge communal bank “Las Flores de Maria”. They live in a rural area in the state of Totonicapán. They make clothing, do embroidery, and have a store selling staple goods. The women have the goal of generating additional income in order to provide their children with an education and better living conditions.

Thanks to access to Kiva loans, women like Rosalía receive monthly training and medical attention. Classes include finances, health, family, and women's issues. This is part of Friendship Bridge's Microcredito Plus program.

Thanks to the Kiva lenders for their valuable support.