Total loan: $6,200

Nueva Florecita Group

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

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A loan helped to purchase various types of thread.

Nueva Florecita Group's story

Los Encuentros is a bustling town in rural Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Here many roads intersect, making it a transportation hub in the middle of quiet rolling fields of corn stalks. In this town, eleven businesswomen have come together to form the Trust Bank “Nueva Florecita,” or “New Little Flower.” All of the members of the group make and sell guipiles, beautiful, colorful blouses work by the majority of Mayan women in Guatemala. María is the secretary of the Trust Bank. Although she is the youngest member at only 24 years of age, she was chosen by the group to fill this important position due to her exemplary oral and written Spanish skills and her six years of education. She is married with two sons. María’s husband sells cellphone parts and accessories. Together they work very hard to provide an education and a nutritious lifestyle for their children. With the new loan, María plans to hire an additional employee to increase her supply of textiles to meet the demand as well as purchase various types of thread. The ladies of the “Nueva Florecita” Trust Bank truly appreciate the opportunities that have opened up to them through the loans and education Friendship Bridge provides. Their participation in training on health and nutrition, business administration and self-esteem has helped them make informed decisions that affect their futures, and the future of their families. The women of the Trust Bank are grateful to Kiva investors around the globe for their generosity in helping the members move ahead in their businesses and lives. As empowered women, they are excited to create better lives for themselves and their families as well as their community of Los Encuentros.