Total loan: $5,375

Las 3 Flores Group

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Cuyotenango, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy inventory for her convenience store and ingredients for her recipes.

Las 3 Flores Group's story

There is an old saying: “The eggs are teaching the chickens”. This is exactly what happened with 40-year-old Maria, who never attended school but was determined to learn how to read and write.

Maria married and had seven children, seven to 24 years of age. She would sit with them while they did their homework. Her children became her teachers! Furthermore, Maria’s husband, who is a bricklayer, didn’t go to school either and learned from her how to read and write!

Maria opened her convenience store 13 years ago. She also sells delicious regional snacks. With her first Kiva loan, she will be able to buy inventory for the store and ingredients for her recipes. Part of her income will go toward the continuing education of her three school-age children. Her other four children are grown and received nine years of formal education.

Maria joined nine other women who live in a coastal area in the department/state of Retalhuleu to participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services. The monthly interactive training sessions have helped them with their businesses (convenience stores, food businesses, catalogue products), their families (nutrition, hygiene, health), and themselves (women’s rights/roles).

Kiva investors and Friendship Bridge are a huge help to Maria and her friends. Thank you to each of you!