Total loan: $4,250

Vida Group

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Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy textiles with the goal of offering her customers the latest and best styles.

Vida Group's story

It would be impossible for any of the seven ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Vida” to walk into a bank in the state/department of Quetzaltenango to secure a loan.

The women meet monthly to make payments on their loans and are currently on their third loan cycle with Kiva. They participate in educational training, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans + education) of Friendship Bridge. The women are determined, industrious and eager to learn about themselves (self-esteem, empowerment, women’s rights, and sexual and reproductive health), their families (nutrition and hygiene) and how to successfully run their businesses (planning, budgeting, and savings).

The seven women of the Trust Bank have various businesses that include the sale of vegetables, plastic containers, perfumes, and traditional clothing, as well as prepared foods. They also raise pigs and chickens.

Estela is a married member of the Trust Bank with a traditional textile business making and selling beautiful blouses called “huipiles,” wraparound skirts called “cortes,” shawls called “perrajes” and aprons called “gabachas” in various designs and colors. With the goal of offering her customers the latest and best styles, Estela is requesting a loan to buy all of these textiles. This hardworking 37-year-old will use part of her income to continue to fund the education of her four children who range in age from 13-19. All are in high school.

In funding these loans, Kiva lenders are playing a vital role in the lives of Estela and her friends. Thank you!