Total loan: $4,625

Bella Vista Group

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San Pedro la Laguna, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy a variety of colorful thread at the wholesale level.

Bella Vista Group's story

The “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge (loans + education) helps nearly 30,000 Guatemalan women create their own pathways out of poverty. One group of these women have organized themselves into the Trust Bank “Bella Vista,” or “Beautiful View.” These eight Mayan Tz'utujil women live in the folds of the San Pedro Volcano in the department or state Sololá and are about to begin their fourth loan cycle with Kiva. They meet monthly to make payments on their loans and then participate in educational training that covers an aspect of four pillars: women, family, health, and business.

María is the president of the group and the mother of three children, who are all over the age of 24. Thanks to her successful business, she has been able to send all to school and all have viable professions. Maria has a traditional textile business making colorful aprons, embroidered belts, and small cloths/napkins. This is the busy season for her.

Maria is requesting a loan to buy a variety of colorful thread at the wholesale level. This busy 54 year old wants to keep her business growing and expand her sales to nearby communities. She also has great leadership skills and enjoys being president. Maria shares that the monthly educational training about budgeting, investing, and health have been very helpful for her and her family.

All of the ladies send their thanks to Kiva investors and send best wishes for happy holidays!