Total loan: $3,950

Amanecer Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Retail

Amanecer Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy a sewing machine, fabric, and pearls.

Amanecer Group's story

Maria, a 35 year old single mother of a 15 year old son, is fortunate to have a high school education. She is the Secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Amanecer,” meaning “Dawn.” Maria is a seamstress and two years ago she began her business sewing traditional colorful blouses and aprons embellished with pearls and rhinestones. She is a fast worker and is able to deliver six each week. With her 5th KIVA loan, Maria can buy a sewing machine, fabric, and pearls.

There are eight Maya K’iche ladies including Maria in the Trust Bank. They raise animals (chickens, pigs) and sew traditional clothing. The “Health for Life” program, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services, provides bi-monthly visits by a field nurse to the homes of these ladies. The nurse speaks their Maya K’iche language, measures height/weight/blood pressure and blood sugar levels. She also offers family planning consults and PAP smears. At their monthly meetings, a Facilitator offers interactive trainings drawn from four areas: health, family, women, and business. There is a lot of vaccine hesitancy in Guatemala and the Facilitator emphasizes the importance of vaccines and how to maneuver through the pandemic.

Thank you, KIVA investors, for your kindness in funding these loans! Maria and her friends are poised to step into a brighter and healthier future with your support!