Total loan: $5,950

Atitecas Santiago Group

Santiago Atitlán, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy a variety of personal care items, deodorants, shampoo & lotions, all products her clients are requesting.

Atitecas Santiago Group's story

The Guatemalan state/department of Sololá is considered one of the most picturesque because it is the home of Lake Atitlán surrounded by lovely green volcanoes. Along its shores are many quaint villages & in one of them is the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Atitecas Santiago". The group is made up of 8 women who continue to have dreams of success in the businesses & lives. Now, in their 4th loan cycle with KIVA, they look forward to increasing the income of their businesses buying/selling traditional blouses & skirts (huipiles & cortes), beaded jewelry, & catalogue sales of personal products.

Edmy is a member of the group who is a single mother. She has a catalogue business selling her products door-to-door. Edmy is requesting a loan to buy a variety of perfumes, deodorants, shampoo & lotions, all products her clients are requesting. Since she only attended school through high school, Edmy's goal for her 10 year old daughter (in primary school now) is to complete university with a professional degree.

Edmy & her friends in "Atitecas Santiago" are grateful for the monthly lessons they receive from a Friendship Bridge Facilitator in business administration (budgeting, controlling expenses & saving), health & hygiene. These topics & more are all part of the "Microcredit Plus" program (education + loans) that the Friendship Bridge knows helps the women become empowered & successful. Thank you KIVA for providing the much needed funds for their loans!