Total loan: $5,100

Sol Brillante Group

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San Antonio Ilotenango, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a new foot loom, as well as tomato fertilizer for her tomato field.

Sol Brillante Group's story

The Western Highlands department/state of El Quiché is where the Maya K’iché language is spoken. This is where the seven women who formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Sol Brillante” live. The industrious women have a vision of a successful future in their small businesses selling weavings, second-hand clothing, and prepared food. They also have convenience stores. The ladies are requesting their second loan from Kiva.

Concepción is one of the members who needs a loan to invest in her two businesses - weaving traditional tube skirts (“cortes”) along with planting and selling tomatoes. Concepción is planning to use the loan to buy a new foot loom, as well as tomato fertilizer for her tomato field. Although Concepción has no formal education, she is putting aside funds so that her five children (ages 2-17) can stay in school. This hard-working 34-year-old is very aware of the value of a formal education.

Education for the majority of Maya women is a luxury. Most of the ladies have little or no formal education. Therefore, Friendship Bridge clients value the monthly sessions with a Facilitator who engages them in beneficial topics they can use daily in their businesses or with their families. The topics are in four main areas: women, family, health, and business. Since many to do not read nor write in Spanish, the facilitator engages them with role-playing, games, pictures, and diagrams in a program called "Microcredit Plus" (education + loans). Thank you Kiva investors!