Total loan: $2,925

La Florida Sitio Group

Flag of Guatemala
San Marcos, San Marcos Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

La Florida Sitio Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to purchase baby chicks and full grown hens.

La Florida Sitio Group's story

Maria, a 52-year-old divorced mother of 3 grown children, all over the age of 22, and grandmother of 3 has 5 businesses! For more than 15 years, she has raised chickens, been a seamstress, and sold corn tortillas and a traditional thick corn drink called “atole.” Maria has no formal education. With her first Kiva loan, Maria will purchase baby chickens to fatten up, as well as full-grown hens.

Maria has been elected president of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “La Florida Sitio” or “The Flowery Place” in the state of San Marcos. Six other women in the group have tortilla shops, sell catalog products, and sell prepared-foods, including traditional snacks and vegetables. Others are seamstresses. All are empowered by their monthly educational interactive training sessions, a critical component of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services. Because they have little or no formal education, learning about effective business management practices, health, hygiene, nutrition, and precautions to take during the pandemic are imperative to their success. They also learn about women’s rights and roles, self-esteem, and empowerment. (The child in the photograph is the son of the borrower who authorizes him to be in it).

Maria and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva investors for funding their much-needed loans. They are poised to step into a brighter future with your support!