Total loan: $4,550

Flor De Maiz Group

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Momostenango, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy new designs of traditional clothing.

Flor De Maiz Group's story

Jessica is 27 years old and known for being a perseverant woman and an example for young women who started a business. She is married and the mother of four children, aged from 8 months to 9 years (the older children are in primary school). For 7 years she has had a business selling traditional clothing, like "huipiles" blouses, "cortes" skirts, and "delantales" (an indispensable accessory in the woman's wardrobe to hold money and other belongings). In the words of Jessica: "Many people look for variety and quality. I offer this. This is a difficult time, but I am looking for ways to be able to sell." She is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy more clothing.

There are 7 K'iche Maya women in Friendship Bridge's "Flor de Maiz" [Corn Flower] Communal Bank. They live in the rural area of the department (state) of Totonicapán. Each woman has her own business, which range from selling pewter tableware to preparing food. Because they have little formal education, the Microcredit Plus program (loans, education, health) is of benefit to their lives.

Jessica attended the school for 3 years and continues to learn in the monthly trainings. She learned about topics like business (budget, investment), family (health, hygiene, nutrition), and women (self-esteem, empowerment). This month the facilitator will inform them about the importance of being vaccinated against Covid-19.

These women are preparing to advance to a brighter future. Thanks to the Kiva lenders, they will see their dream become reality!