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Total loan: $2,850

Flor Del Cafe Group

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San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy more corn at the wholesale level.


Flor Del Cafe Group's story

“Many people from northern Central America are literally running for their lives as gangs target entire families, including children, forcing them to flee,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “They don’t leave any family member behind because they fear retaliation from the gangs in the communities.”

This is why 34 year old Maria, a married mother of five children (15 mos.-18 yrs.) left the coast to live in the department/state of Solola. She works with her husband selling corn in the nearby markets. Some of their income supports the 7th and 9th grade education of two of their children. The oldest daughter graduated and covers the costs of her university studies. With her second Kiva loan, Maria can buy more corn at the wholesale level.

Maria was elected President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flor del Cafe”. There are six other Maya Kaqchikel women in the group who sell traditional clothing, tamales and corn. Others weave traditional colorful blouses called “huipiles”. Maria was fortunate to have 8 years of formal education but many in the group have little or none. This is why their monthly educational training sessions (health, family, women, business) are crucial for their success as entrepreneurs, mothers and women. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services, exams and consults. “Microcredit Plus” is the name given to this effective combination of loans, education and health care.

Thank you, Kiva lenders!