A loan of $3,600 helped a member to buy yarn for her handicrafts business.


Claveles De Xenacoj Group's story

Santo Domingo Xenacoj is located in the central region of Guatemala and the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, 'Claveles de Xenacoj' or the 'Carnations of Xenacoj' is located here. The women chose this name because they love flowers, which grow in abundance in many parts of Guatemala. The population of this area works in agriculture and grows corn, beans, vegetables, and coffee. They also produce handicrafts, like candles and woven cotton items.

Maria Calixta, a 24-year-old, single mother of a four-year-old boy, is a member of the Trust Bank. She understands that it is never too late to seek personal and professional improvement. Because her son has not begun his own education, Maria Calixta is enrolled in her very first year of school which she attends over the weekends. She is most excited about what she is learning and has the motivation to learn as much as possible, especially learning to read and write in Spanish. She is doing this, so that she can be well-prepared to help her own son when he begins his education. She is hopeful for a better future for his generation.

Like many in her village, Maria Calixta works in the production of handicrafts, producing napkins, placemats, tablerunners, and caps, which she sells in Santo Domingo Xenacoj and in neighboring markets. She also has clients to whom she delivers items on a regular basis.

Maria Calixta is requesting a loan of USD 384 in order to buy various colors of yarn, to continue to operate her small business. She looks forward to increasing her sales, so that she can sustain her own life and that of her child.

All of the ladies of 'Claveles de Xenacoj' want to express their gratitude to Kiva investors for the opportunity to secure a loan. They understand that, with this opportunity and a little education, they can create a better world for themselves, their families, and their communities.

In this group: Juliana , Silvestre , Maria Isabela , Maria Calixta , Maria Nicomedes , Silvia Engracia , Nemecia , Ana Maribel , Anacelia Liseth , Ericka Judith



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