A loan helped a member to buy soap, plastic containers, a showcase stand for her products, and 15 dozen pairs of shoes.


La Florida Group's story

Eight proud, Maya Mam women, who live high up in the mountains in the department/state of Quetzaltenango, are members of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank's 'La Florida Group.' They are beginning their first Kiva loan cycle and will invest the funds in their poultry, livestock, textile, and shoe businesses, as well as a few convenience stores.

Twenty five-year-old Maria, a member of the group with a sixth grade education, has a shop where she sells, at very economical prices, a variety of personal and cleaning products.

She travels by bus on a dirt road for two hours to buy supplies in the closest town. Maria is anxious to meet the needs of her customers. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy soap, plastic containers, a showcase stand for her products, and 15 dozen pairs of shoes.

The ladies in the Trust Bank have varying amounts of formal education, from elementary school up to the university level. They benefit greatly from their monthly educational trainings that cover information about everyday topics, like health, hygiene, nutrition, and the use of medicinal plants.

They also obtain valuable business practices, like budgeting, planning, savings, and the dangers of over-indebtedness. Maria shares, “These lessons are really important to us. Personally, I have more self-esteem, value my rights, and am more responsible.”

Maria and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva investors from all parts of the world who kindly fund their loans!

Thank you!

In this group: Maria Eulalia , Maria Natividad , Martina , Imelda Azucena , Maria Teresa , Vilma Floridalma , Teresa Coronada , Joaquina


This loan is special because:

Clients receive in-depth trainings on business, health, over-indebtedness, and self-esteem.



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