Total loan: $3,700

Mi Comunidad Group

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San Cristobal Totonicapan , Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Services

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A loan helped to buy fabric and decorations for her beautiful aprons.

Mi Comunidad Group's story

Empowering a woman like 39 year old Paula means that she can effectively run her business and create income for her family. It also means that other people including employees and family members benefit as well.

Paula separated from her husband 3 years ago. She is the mother of 4 children (6-24). The older ones completed the 8th grade and the younger ones are in kindergarten and 5th grade.

Twenty years ago, she began to work as a seamstress sewing skirts, blouses, and clothing made of lycra. Now, she and 2 children and 3 employees sew aprons. Paula sells at the retail and wholesale level at markets in Quetzaltenango and Totonicapan. She also sells on the street. She shares that she is quite pleased because thanks to savings, she has been able to fix up her house and improve living conditions for her family. With her third Kiva loan, Paula can buy fabric and decorations for her aprons.

Paula is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mi Comunidad” in the department/state of Totonicapan. There are 7 other women in the group who speak Maya K’iche. They have clothing and vegetable businesses. At their monthly meetings, the ladies participate in educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care. Topics are relevant to their lives (health, business, family, women). Recent topics concerned investing and savings. Every 2 months they have access to basic health care services.

Thank you, kiva lenders!