Total loan: $3,375

Las Flores 2 Group

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

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A loan helped to buy fabric, thread, needles and sewing machine oil with her first Kiva loan.

Las Flores 2 Group's story

Many women who grow up as members of large families without resources in rural areas of Guatemala are unable to go to school or have to drop out to help support their families. This is what transpired with Josefina, a 21-year-old married mother of two children (8 months and 3 years old). She was fortunate to have nine years of formal education and wanted to continue, but was unable to because she needed to work.

Josefina has a textile business sewing canvas pants. Her husband assists her in the business and they have three sewing machines. They are able to deliver 400 pairs of pants each week! Josefina is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy fabric, thread, needles and sewing machine oil.

Josefina is the secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank called Las Flores 2, located in a rural area in the department/state of Totonicapán. There are six other Maya K’iche’ ladies in the group, and they all have traditional textile businesses, specializing in many kinds of embroidery. At their monthly educational sessions, part of the Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and health-care services, they learn about the importance of hygiene (washing hands, disinfecting surfaces), health and nutrition as well as family matters and women’s issues. They also acquire basic business tools. Every other month, the ladies receive basic health-care services.

Josefina and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva investors from all parts of the world. Thank you to each of you!