A loan helped a member to buy a quantity of used traditional blouses and skirts.


Claveles Group's story

Traditional, colorful Mayan clothing is time consuming to weave and embroider and can be quite expensive. For that reason, women like 46-year-old Catarina earn income by selling used traditional textiles.

She has been separated from her husband for nine years and works hard to raise her six children who are now between the ages of 14-33. Their father doesn’t help with expenses and so five of her children only had six years of formal education. In addition, those children, now grown, are married. Catarina uses part of her income to send her youngest son to school.

She is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy more clothing and to invest in her new business making beaded traditional belts. She plans to employ seven women in this endeavor.

Catarina, along with six other women, belongs to the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Claveles” or “Carnations” in the department/state of Solola. Many of them have no formal education and find the monthly educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans, education, healthcare), to be of great value.

The interactive educational trainings cover an aspect of four topics: health, business, family, women. Learning about how to plan, budget and invest helps them with their convenience stores, animal husbandry (pigs, poultry), and traditional textile businesses. Every two months, they have access to basic health care services.

In funding these much needed loans, Kiva investors are valued highly by Catarina and her friends. Thank you!!!

In this group: Rosario , Isabel , Clara Elizabeth , Yesica Paola , Rosa , Catarina , Maritza Catarina


This loan is special because:

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



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