A loan helped a member to buy various colors and textures of thread as well as “cortes” to sell.


Flor De Encino Group's story

The area around the Western Highland town of Chichicastenango is filled with pine trees and the air smells fresh and delicious. Eight women have gathered together in a small rural community to form the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Flor de Encino”. The ladies mainly have traditional textile businesses since there is a big demand for the colorful and ornate blouses called “huipiles”, woven skirts called “cortes” and table linens like napkins.

Catalina is the strong and energetic President of the Trust Bank. She is 55 years old, a mother of nine children who works hard to give her children all that she can. She was only able to stay in school until the sixth grade since times were economically tough when she was a child. Catalina has a traditional textile business and makes “huipiles”, as well as “cortes”. She greatly values the loans that she has received and is now requesting a new one to buy various colors and textures of thread as well as “cortes” to sell.

It has been traditional in the indigenous groups in Guatemala that girls stay in school for only a few years and then help out with household chores, as well as learn to weave. Approximately 80% of the ladies in the Trust Bank were unable to attend school. They got married at an early age and had between four to nine children. They want to change the tradition that girls cannot go to school since they are keenly aware of the value of a good education. Fortunately, in their monthly meetings, they have the opportunity to participate in educational trainings conducted by a facilitator from Friendship Bridge. They actively participate in games and role playing as they learn about self-esteem, women’s rights and how to set goals and realize their dreams.

Catalina and the ladies of the “Flor de Encino” Trust Bank thank Kiva investors for funding their much-needed loans. Their success has such positive effects on their families and their community. Thank you!

In this group: Maria Mercedonia, Juana, Maria, Manuela, Catalina, Maria Cristina, Marta Leticia, Tomasa


This loan is special because:

It is supplemented by in-depth trainings on business, health and self-esteem.



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