Total loan: $2,575

Las Barrarenas Group

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Santa Barbara, Suchitepequez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy ingredients (vegetables, corn, meat) and supplies (pots, pans) for her delicious food business.

Las Barrarenas Group's story

Santa Bárbara is located in the Department or State of Suchitepequez on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala. Eight women have joined together to form the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Barrarenas”. They are beginning their second loan cycle with Kiva. The women have various businesses. Some have convenience stores while others sell food. Other businesses include animal husbandry (pigs), and dairy product sales. The women meet once a month with a Facilitator from Friendship Bridge who shares useful information with them as part of their non-formal educational training.

Sonia is the Treasurer of the Trust Bank who studied in school until the 6th grade. She is the mother of 3 children who range in age from 3-9. This hardworking 26 year old sells homemade snack foods such as “Tamales Negros” (black tamales) “Paches”, (potatoes tamales with chicken), and “Chuchitos” (meat stuffed tamales) Sonia also makes full meals. She is requesting a loan to buy ingredients (vegetables, corn, meat) and supplies (pots, pans) for her delicious recipes. Sonia has a dream of watching her children complete their education and have prosperous businesses housed in their very own shops.

The “Microcredit Plus” Program of Friendship Bridge is making a really positive impact in the lives of Sonia and her friends in the Trust Bank as well as their families. The women are so pleased when they are able to pay educational expenses for their children, improve their simple homes, make more nutritious meals and perhaps even save a little money for an unexpected expense. Kiva investors are greatly valued for funding the small loans of the women. Thank you to each of you!