Total loan: $3,900

Mujeres Luquenas Group

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

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A loan helped to buy tables, chairs, tablecloths, and containers for the kitchen of a new restaurant.

Mujeres Luquenas Group's story

San Lucas Tolimán is located on the slopes of the Tolimán volcano and on the shores of Lake Atitlan in the western part of Guatemala. Many merchants sell their products here along the bank of the lake. It is also the center of the coffee zone and the entrance to the Pacific coast.

The trust bank “Mujeres Luquenas” is made up of twelve members, all of whom belong to the indigenous group of Maya Kaqchikel. They are starting their second cycle of loans, asking for loans to benefit their small businesses.

Most women in the group are in their mid-thirties with 70% of the group having received either primary or secondary education. They have between one and nine children. They have a variety of businesses, which include vegetable sales (as well as other food sales), textile embellishments, pastry and chicharrone (a pork dish) sales, convenience stores, tortilla shops, and the sale of gasoline cylinders.

Rosa, the president of the trust bank, is married; her husband is a teacher. She has two children (ages seven and ten). Her children are currently in primary school. Rosa and her mother-in-law run several businesses together. They have a convenience store, a tortilla shop, and sell food. After seeing the demand for lunches and snacks, Rosa has decided to open a comedor (a small restaurant). With this loan, she will buy tables, chairs, tablecloths, and containers for the kitchen.

Thanks to the training that the women received, they are able to put into practice what they have learned.This would not be possible without the help and generosity of Kiva investors around the world.