Total loan: $3,075

Las Golondrinas Group

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

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A loan helped to purchase an industrial stove.

Las Golondrinas Group's story

Sololá is the name of a department/state, as well as a large town in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. It is a beautiful area, well known for the magnificent Lake Atitlan with three towering volcanoes looming over it. It is the home of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Golondrinas,” donsisting of nine members who are beginning their second loan cycle with Kiva. The women range in age from 22-64.

Rosa is 35 years old and has three children who attend school. She knows how to read and write but was only able to go to school for two years. Rosa sells typical Guatemalan foods such as tamales and a rich corn drink called atole.

Rosa requested a loan, which she will use to buy an industrial stove so that she can make pupusas, a delicious dish of tortillas or corn masa stuffed with potatoes and meat. She sees a bright future in her business with increased income that she will invest in her family and the education of her children.

Rosa and her group in the Trust Bank meet monthly to make payments on their loans and participate in educational training, which is part of the Microcredit Plus Program (loans + education) of Friendship Bridge. They learn to develop themselves (self esteem, planning for the future), their families (nutrition, health, hygiene), and their businesses (planning, budgeting, savings).