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Patricia Elizabeth
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Patricia Y.'s six brothers and sisters attended school through the 6th grade, however she herself was only able to attend through 4th grade. Her father drank quite heavily. She began helping in her mother's shop as a girl, then worked as an employee until she had saved up enough to start her own business selling clothing. She was married at 23 to Francisco, who has since completed his primary-school equivalency. They have three children. The oldest boy is nine and in second grade. The second, a girl, is six and is still in pre-school and the youngest, Obed Francisco is four. Patricia hopes that with this loan she can expand her business and earn more money for her family.

Translated by a Kiva volunteer.

Patricia Y. tiene 6 hermanos todos estudiaron hasta 6to primaria, ella fue la única que llego solo a 4to primaria, su padre tomaba bastante licor, ella se dedicó a trabajar en el negocio que era de su madre, ella les trabajo a otras personas y con lo que a ella le pagaban lo fue ahorrando, y así inicio su negocio, con sus ahorros, vendiendo ropa, Patricia se casó a los 23 años con Francisco, él terminó su educación primaria en CONALFA ya casada, tienen 3 hijos, el mayor tiene 9 años estudia 2do primaria, la segunda tiene 6 años estudiando preparatoria y el ultimo quien es Obed Francisco con 4 años todavía no estudia.
Con un préstamo de Q7,000.00 que le pudieran dar de préstamo ella podría surtir mas su negocio y así obtener un poco mas de ganancias.

Additional Information

About Friendship Bridge

This loan is administered by Friendship Bridge (FB), a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that empowers thousands of impoverished Guatemalan women through its Microcredit Plus program. The program combines small loans averaging US$350 for four-to-twelve month loan terms with non-formal, participatory education.

As FB clients, women start, expand, or diversify their businesses and learn practical lessons on topics including business, health, and self-esteem. FB’s clients borrow as a group, forming Trust Banks (groups of 7-25 women who serve as co-guarantors of the loan and act as a self-regulating support network).

About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 133
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $10,890,300
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $650 helped Patricia Elizabeth clothing sales.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 4, 2007
Jul 20, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 4, 2008