Total loan: $5,175
Flor De Alejandria Group
Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, Solola, Guatemala / Clothing
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A loan helped To purchase new huipiles and dresses to increase inventory and stay current with the newest styles and designs.
Flor De Alejandria Group's story
Five minutes off the highway that connects the two largest cities of Guatemala, the capital and Quetzaltenango, is the small village of Nueva (New) Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan. The village was built following massive landslides that destroyed over half of the village of Antigua (Old) Santa Catariana Ixtahuacan, during the rains of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. Searching for higher ground the founders of Nueva Santa Catarina built the city at an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level. The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flor de Alejandria” (Alexandria’s Flower), is made up of seven women who live and work in Nueva Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan. The women mostly work with traditional textiles of the region, weaving and designing traditional Maya dresses, blouses and fabrics. One of Flor de Alejandria's seven members is Ana, a 42-year-old mother of three. Ana’s primary business is buying traditional dresses and blouses called “huipiles” from vendors in the surrounding communities, and then selling them for a profit. Currently, Ana travels every week to the pacific coast to sell the hand crafted textiles to clients in regions where the production of textiles is not as common. Ana plans to use this loan to purchase new huipiles and dresses to increase her inventory and stay current with the newest styles and designs. With this loan Ana will have access to higher quality textiles and a higher return on her investment. Ana is determined to create a more profitable business in order to continue supporting her three children with their education, and guaranteeing that they all graduate with a degree. With the support of KIVA investors, Ana will have the opportunity to build a brighter future for her children and herself. Thank you, KIVA investors, for supporting the entrepreneurial visions of Ana and her fellow Friendship Bridge Trust Bank members! With your loans, Ana will have the opportunity to realize the vision she has for her children with the income from her small business.