Total loan: $5,325

Casa De Jesus Group

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Zunil, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy chicken meat at wholesale prices.

Casa De Jesus Group's story

Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in Guatemala, is the home of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Casa de Jesus.” The 11 ladies in the group, who sell fruit, clothing, and firewood, as well as working in their convenience stores, are beginning their third loan cycle with Kiva. Meeting monthly, the women make payments on their loans and then participate in educational training, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program (loans plus education) of Friendship Bridge. This training gives the ladies information for their families (nutrition and hygiene), themselves (sexual and reproductive health, empowerment, and self-esteem), and their businesses (budgeting and savings).

Cecilia, a married 39-year-old mother of four children who range in age from 16-22, is a member of the group. She has a third grade education. She has worked hard so that all her children have high school educations. Cecilia has a convenience store where she sells chicken by the pound and all kinds of useful items including cleaning products. She is requesting a loan to buy chicken meat at wholesale prices. With end of the year parties, graduations, and other festivities, she wants to have plenty of inventory on hand.

The success of the “Microcredit Plus” program would not be possible without the participation of Kiva lenders. Thank you for your generosity and kindness!