Total loan: $4,275

Mujeres Virtuosas Group

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Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped To buy a variety of perfumes and cosmetics.

Mujeres Virtuosas Group's story

Quetzaltenango, also known as “Xelaju” or simply “Xela,” is the second largest city in Guatemala. It is filled with cultural treasures including museums, parks, universities and language schools. Ten women who live here have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Virtuosas” or “Virtuous Women” and have various businesses including catalogue sales, a laundry business and the sale of shoes and food. They are beginning their very first loan cycle with Kiva investors and are quite excited! The President of the group is Antonia, who is 56 years old and studied in school until the 6th grade. Antonia has one son who has reached the university level in his education. To fund his studies and take care of household expenses, Antonia sells perfumes ordered from a catalogue. She does not have her own shop but sells door to door or on the street. She realizes that she needs a greater variety of perfumes and is requesting a loan to take advantage of special sale prices and increase her earnings. “Microcredit Plus” is what Friendship Bridge calls the combination of small loans and educational training. At the monthly meetings, the ladies learn about the world around them and within them from a facilitator from the organization who uses games, role playing, diagrams and pictures to share information. Thank you, Kiva investors, for your partnership in this effort!