Total loan: $3,675

Pachojila Group

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

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A loan helped to buy a gas stove, a gas cylinder, and corn to make tortillas.

Pachojila Group's story

The Guatemalan department/state of Sololá is quite diverse with huge rural areas and several urban areas. It is in an urban area that is the home of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Pachojila" with eight members who are beginning their third loan cycle with Kiva. They are engaged in different businesses, including making traditional blouses (“huipiles”) and belts (“fajas”), selling prepared food, operating convenience stores, and running tortilla shops.

Dorcas is a member who has a tortilla shop. She only has a sixth-grade education. She is 25 years old, married, and has two children, ages 3 and 7. Her tortillas are quite delicious and in demand. Therefore, she is requesting a loan to buy a gas stove, a gas cylinder, and corn in bulk. Dorcas dreams of expanding her business into different locales. She also wants to see her children receive high school diplomas!

Dorcas is on her way to achieving her dreams as she participates in the monthly meetings provided by a facilitator from Friendship Bridge who engages her and her friends in lessons in finance using the resources they have. She also learns about good health practices. This winning combination of education + loans, called “Microcredit Plus,” helps the women develop good business practices that help them step out of poverty into a brighter future. Thank you, Kiva investors, for providing the women with funds to grow their businesses that helps them provide a better quality of life for their families and communities!