Total loan: $5,625

Flor Navidena Group

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Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Services

Flor Navidena Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to purchase rolls of fabric and a sewing machine.

Flor Navidena Group's story

The small workshops where seamstresses and tailors make modern clothing can provide a good income for Guatemalan families. Maria, 41, with three years’ education, owns this business. She is the mother of six children (ages five to twenty) to whom she has provided a primary school education. Maria works with her husband and three of her children sewing sweatshirts and shorts. She has five sewing machines, and she can deliver several dozen clothes a week. Maria is requesting her fifth loan with Kiva to purchase rolls of fabric and a sewing machine. She is certain that she will achieve her goals.

Maria forms part of the Puente de Amistad “Flor Navidena” communal bank located in the department and state of Totonicapán. There are eight Maya K'iche' women in the group, and they appreciate the bi-monthly visits from a highly trained nurse who speaks their K'iche' language. She is able to provide important health services, recognize symptoms, and offer advice on fears, misconceptions, and health problems. At the monthly meetings, the women participate in training designed by a facilitator who uses games and pictures to share information. The themes range from health to effective business management practices and self-esteem. Puente de Amistad calls the combination of loans, education, and health “Microcrédito Plus”.

Thank you, Kiva loans, for the vital role you play in the lives of these women!