Total loan: $3,375

Mujeres Ojechejel Group

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Huehuetenango, Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala / Health

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Mujeres Ojechejel Group's story

Huehuetenango is located along the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, the highest mountain range in Central America. The department is home to the descendants of the Mam indigenous group who today, work in agriculture and the production of artisan goods. It is also one of the most important coffee growing regions in the country.

In a rural community outside of the town is the trust bank “Mujeres Ojechejel” or “Ojechejel Women”. This group is comprised of 10 women who are starting their first loan cycle with Kiva lenders. Their businesses include sales of medicine, a convenience store, and sales of dairy products.

The president of the group is Olga. She is 55 years old, and finished high school with a paramedic degree. She has two children who are 30 and 25 years old. They were both able to complete their education and become professionals.

Her business is the sales of medicine (similar to a pharmacy) and she also holds medical appointments with members of the community. With her loan, Olga plans on buying more supplies and more medicine for her business. Her goal is to open her business as a formal pharmacy with a storefront instead of operating out of her house.

What Olga likes most about being a client of Friendship Bridge is the training she received on how to make different items like marmalades to increase her income. She said that because of this particular training, she has been able to offer more to her community and raise her earnings. She also likes the themes regarding investing, and business management. She said that through applying what she learned through these trainings, she has seen her business grow. The trainings that Olga received are administered through the Microcredit Plus program run by Friendship Bridge.

Thank you Kiva Investors for your support and confidence in the women of “Mujeres Ojechejel”.