A loan helped a member to buy a large quantity of high quality fabrics in various colors for her pants sewing business.

Las Marias Group's story

Josefina, a 48 year old widow with 5 children (4-26), is a seamstress. She says, “My husband died 7 years ago and it is a challenge for me to move forward in life. But, because I put a lot of energy into my business I am motivated to succeed.”

Josefina has a small workshop with 7 sewing machines. Her older children and 2 employees work with her in the business sewing pants. With her income, she was able to cover the educational expenses for 3 of her children. She is proud that they completed high school. The rest are still studying. Josefina requests her 2nd Kiva loan to buy a large quantity of fabric to sew more pants.

Josefina is one of 7 Maya Kaqchikel ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Marias”. They offer each other support in their monthly meetings, make loan payments and participate in educational sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans, education, healthcare). Topics are essential to their success and drawn from 4 areas: health, family, women, business. They learn about the dangers of over-indebtedness, the importance of savings and planning for emergencies. The ladies also learn how to prioritize. Every 2 months, they have access to basic healthcare services delivered by a visiting nurse who speaks their Maya language and is sensitive to their unique culture.

It would not be possible for Josefina and her friends to access credit in a financial institution. Kiva lenders are providing such a valuable service to them! Thank you!

In this group: Maria Veronica , Maria Catalina, Dina Vanessa , Maria Olivia , Josefina , Ingrid Marleny, Maria Cristina

This loan is special because:

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

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