Total loan: $4,175

Mujeres Activas Xenacoj Group

Santo Domingo Xenacoj, Sacatepequez, Sacatepéquez Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to purchase flour and sugar in bulk as well as eggs and other ingredients for her bakery.

Mujeres Activas Xenacoj Group's story

Santo Domingo Xenacoj is located in the department of Sacatepéquez in the highlands of Guatemala. The atmosphere in the town is peaceful and the air is crisp and cold. The predominant language is Maya Kaqchikel and the women still wear the intricately colorful “huipiles” or traditional blouses of the town.

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Activas Xenacoj” or “Active Xenacoj Women” was formed here by seven enthusiastic women who are committed to improving their lives, educating their children, empowering themselves and eliminating poverty. Their average age is 35 years with 99% of the women having reached the 3rd grade.

Maria, who is 33 years old, has five children between the ages of 4 months and 16 years. Four years ago, she separated from her husband. She now is the sole caregiver of the children and works hard to meet their needs. Maria has been a member of the Trust Bank through several loan cycles. She feels empowered and determined to forge ahead. She has a bakery and because of the loans, she has been able to effectively care for her children. She is requesting a loan and will use the funds to purchase flour and sugar in bulk as well as eggs and other ingredients. Maria has been able to earn enough to buy various utensils for her business including a cake decorating machine! She is ready to offer her clientele more and better confections!

Their small businesses are doing well and each of the ladies wants to expand and increase her inventory. Some of their businesses are catalogue sales of cosmetics and shoes as well as the sales of clothing, food and plastic containers. Other women weave and embroider traditional textiles including “huipiles”, belts or “fajas”, and napkins. Another member has a bakery.

Thanks to each Kiva investor for being interested in Maria and her friends in the Trust Bank and for funding loans.