Total loan: $4,925

Puente De Vida Group

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Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy more inventories for her store, like rice, sugar, noodles, oats, oil, sugar, juice, etc.

Puente De Vida Group's story

Chichicastenango is a large town in the Western Highlands noted for its huge colorful and busy market that is located in the center of town. Merchants come from throughout the country to sell their traditional textiles and handicrafts, colorful woven bags and purses, as well as vegetables and fruits. Visitors from throughout the world come as well and lots of different languages can be heard throughout the market. The town is surrounded by mountains that provide a dramatic background to the red-tiled roofs and narrow cobblestone streets. Eleven women, who have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, ‘Puente de Vida” or “Bridge of Life” are determined to raise their standard of living, expand their small businesses, educate themselves and their children and eliminate poverty in their lives. They are about to begin their second loan cycle with KIVA. Antonia is a member of the Trust Bank and the owner of a convenience store. She also weaves and embroiders beautiful traditional blouses called “huipiles”. Each town or village has its own style and pattern of “huipil”. Those of Chichicastenango are among the most beautiful in the country. Antonia is 36 years old and has 6 children. Three of them are enrolled in school. Education is not free in Guatemala and Antonia must buy uniforms and supplies for her kids. She is requesting a loan to buy more inventories for her store (rice, sugar, noodles, oats, oil, sugar, juice, etc). She is going to put a small amount of her funds aside to buy supplies for her textile business. Antonia has the dream of learning the patterns of other “huipiles” from other towns and villages. And she wants to start raising pigs! What a visionary she is becoming! With the support of partners like KIVA investors, Friendship Bridge is empowering Antonia and the members of her Trust Bank. Thank you, KIVA investors!