Total loan: $6,225

Flor De Paz Group

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Nahualá, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy fabrics, threads and ornaments for her creations.

Flor De Paz Group's story

The traditional dress styles of Mayan women in Guatemala change over the years. The newer pieces are still colorful and quite beautiful.

Manuela, a 33-year-old married woman and mother of two children (10 and 12), has been an embroiderer for 11 years. She decorates popular and colorful blouses with high-quality yarn.

The demand for this product is so high, she employs five people. Right now, Manuela is requesting the sixth Kiva loan to buy fabrics, threads and ornaments for her creations.

With the business stocked, she will be able to supply product to her workers.

Manuela, along with eight other Maya K'iche women, is a member of the Puente de Amistad Community Bank Flor de Paz. They proudly wear the clothing of the place.

These women are excited to get a Kiva loan because it will really help them with their blouse embroidery business.

Through monthly trainings, they learn about effective business management practices, as well as about health, women's issues, and family issues.

Because the health system is very poor and often non-existent in Guatemala, Puente de Amista launched the Health for Life program. Highly trained nurses provide basic care services and offer treatment every two months.

This highly effective combination of credit support, educational training and health care is called Microcredit Plus.

Manuela and the other women hope for a better future, thanks to the helping hand of Kiva's moneylenders.