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

Las Rosas De Xenacoj Group's story

Fifty-year-old María and her husband work hard in their workshop sewing shirts and blouses. They have 4 grown children (ages 20 to 24), 3 of whom work with them. María had no formal education and as a nine year old, had to support her family because her father abandoned them. Her children were fortunate to attend school, with the eldest finishing high school and the younger ones attending into high school.

María has had her business for 10 years but during the pandemic it was difficult to maintain it, so she had to sell her products from her house. She is requesting a third Kiva loan to buy a variety of cones of thread.

Along with six other ladies, María is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Las Rosas de Xenacoj" located in Sacatepéquez. They speak Maya Kakchiquel. They have businesses sewing clothing, and weaving/selling traditional blouses or “huipiles” and utility cloths.

The group meets monthly with a Facilitator to make loan payments and participate in educational sessions to help them manage their businesses and care for their families. They are also learning good healthcare practices like hygiene, nutrition, and the use of medicinal plants. This month they are learning how to save and invest in their businesses. These services are all part of the "Microcredit Plus" program of loans, education, and healthcare.

The child in the photograph is the son of a borrower who has authorized his appearance.

Thank you!

In this group: Rosa Maria, Maria Susana, Maria Ursula, Maria De Los Angeles, Maria Yolanda , Brenda Elizabeth , Hilda Alejandra

This loan is special because:

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

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