Total loan: $4,025

Rios De Agua Viva Nimasac Group

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San Cristobal Totonicapan , Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Services

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A loan helped to buy a sewing machine, thread and zippers to make traditional Guatemalan dresses.

Rios De Agua Viva Nimasac Group's story

Single parents throughout the world face unique challenges balancing family and work. Twelve years ago, Catarina’s marriage shattered apart leaving her with the sole responsibility of raising 4 young children. Three are adults with their own professions and homes. The youngest lives with her and attends elementary school.

Catarina is a 41 year old talented seamstress, sewing all kinds of colorful traditional clothing. Since her business has grown, she employs her daughter to assist her filling orders. Catarina is requesting her 1st KIVA loan to buy a sewing machine, thread, zippers and decor.

Catarina is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Rios de Agua Viva Nimasac” located in a rural area in the department/state of Totonicapan. There are 8 other Maya K’iche ladies in the group who are seamstresses, weavers and sell traditional clothing. Others have convenience stores. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they make loan payments and participate in educational sessions about relevant topics about family, women, health and business. In this time of Covid, they are learning about the importance of good hygiene and keeping social distance. Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services. This effective combination of loans, education and health care is called “Microcredit Plus”.

This is an especially tough time for Catarina and her friends. Thank you, KIVA investors, and funding their much appreciated loans!