Total loan: $4,475

Sanidad Divina Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy thread and traditional wrap-around skirts.

Sanidad Divina Group's story

Maria, a 46-year-old married mother of 9 children ( ages 7 to 27) and who has a third grade education, has a lot to juggle with such a big family. Her two youngest children are in the second and seventh grades. Most of the others finished elementary school and one completed high school. Her oldest daughter is married and has two children of her own.

Maria buys and sells traditional woven, wrap-around skirts/”cortes” and belts/”fajas.” She also embroiders these beautiful garments. With her fourth Kiva loan, she will be able to buy more thread and “cortes.”

As if she isn’t busy enough, Maria is also the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Sanidad Divina” located in the department/state of Quiche. Six other Maya K’iche women have joined her to participate in the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and healthcare. These women have access to basic healthcare services in the “Health for Life” program every other month. And every month, they participate in interactive educational training that helps them manage their businesses (traditional textiles, firewood sales, small pig farms), care for their families (nutrition, hygiene, health) and themselves (women’s rights/roles, empowerment, self esteem).

They are most grateful to Kiva investors who learn about them and fund their much appreciated loans. Thank you to each of you!