Total loan: $2,650

Mujeres Activas Group

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San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy more chicken and meat, which she will be able to deliver to other nearby properties in the community.

Mujeres Activas Group's story

San Lucas Tolimán is located at the south of the beautiful lake Atitlán, Guatemala. The Atitlán and Tolimán volcanoes are located in this area. The inhabitants from this area are mainly indigenous from the Maya-Kaqchikel group. The population works on commercial properties, in local markets, and in the embellishment of artisan crafts and textiles. The trust bank “Mujeres Activas” or “Active Women” was formed by nine women.

Most women in the group studied through primary and secondary school. Their average age is 30, and they have an average of three children per woman. They are dedicated to the sale of chicken and meat, as well as additional food. They also sew clothes and run small convenience stores.

Abida, the president of the trust bank, is 39 years old and studied through the second grade. She is married and has five children (ages 20-11 years old). All of her children are currently in school. Abida has two businesses: selling meat and chicken, and sewing clothes, including the embroidery of huipiles (traditional blouses) and napkins. She approached Friendship Bridge to solicit a loan for her initial business. With this loan, she will be able to buy more chicken and meat, which she will be able to deliver to other nearby properties in the community. Abida's goal for her business is to produce more so that she can increase her sales and expand her business.

Abida's dream is to see her children become professionals with the best opportunities in life. She and her husband work together to make this goal a reality.

Thanks to Kiva investors for their investments. Because of your trust in these women, their businesses are able to establish themselves in the community. By helping these women, you are impacting families and enabling them to be more prosperous and capable.