A loan helped a member to buy two looms and a large quantity of thread.


Las Flores De Chiaj Group's story

Ten years ago, 39-year-old Agustina began a traditional textile business weaving traditional wrap-around skirts or “cortes”. She works with her husband and four employees. The couple lives in the department/state of Totonicapan. They have four children from ages 10 to 17 years. The two older ones have a 5th grade education while the two younger ones are in the 3rd grade. Agustina was unable to attend school.

She is seeking her third loan from Kiva to buy two floor looms and more thread. Her goal is to enlarge her weaving business and create more income. Agustina, along with six other Maya K’iche ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, “Las Flores de Chiaj”. These women have traditional textile businesses and corn grinding mills. They meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in interactive educational training sessions, a key component of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services. Topics range from health, nutrition, hygiene to effective business management practices and more.

Every two months, a visiting nurse who is conversant in the local language comes to them and offers basic services, consultations, and physical examinations. This is especially important in Guatemala where the public health care system is chronically underfunded and always stretched.

Augustina and her group is thankful to Kiva investors for the vital role they play in the lives of the borrowers. The children in the picture appear with the permission of their mothers, who are the borrowers.

In this group: Juana , Victoria Antonia , Catarina, Agustina , Maria , Marta , Maria


This loan is special because:

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



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