Total loan: $4,600

Florecitas Group

Nahualá, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped To buy a quantity of thread and yarn in lots of colors and textures.

Florecitas Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Florecitas” (Little Flowers) is located in the town of Nahualá in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The group is made up of eight hardworking women who, for the most part, make typical wrap-around skirts (cortes) in dark colors which are then contrasted by the bright colors - reds, whites, blues, purples, and maroons - of their beautiful blouses (huipiles). The eight women are extremely happy with the growth of their small businesses, due in part to the loans provided by KIVA investors. Sixty-three-year-old Manuela is a member of “Florecitas” who never had an opportunity for a formal education. She knows the value of having one. In order to provide an education, food, and clothing for her eight children, she began a business of making typical wrap-around skirts (cortes) to sell in her community. Her business now has four workers. Manuela is requesting a loan so that she can buy a quantity of thread and yarn in lots of colors and textures. She wants to have plenty of inventory on hand to meet the demand of her customers and increase her profits. Manuela and her friends in the Trust Bank look forward to their monthly meetings when a Friendship Bridge Facilitator shares useful information with them on a variety of subjects. They learn about the world around them and within them as they hear about effective business practices, health and nutrition, as well as self-esteem and empowerment. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of small loans and education “Microcredit Plus”. It is most effective. The eight women of “Florecitas” send their infinite gratitude to the KIVA investors for supporting women’s businesses in their world and helping them to change their communities. Mil gracias (thank you)!!!