Total loan: $3,550

Mujeres Virtuosas Chiantla Group

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Chianta, Huehuetenango, Huehuetenango Department, Guatemala / Retail

Mujeres Virtuosas Chiantla Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy nonperishable goods like sugar, salt, pasta and rice at wholesale prices.

Mujeres Virtuosas Chiantla Group's story

The Microcredit Plus program from Friendship Bridge combines loans and informal education. The loans provide access to financial capital, and the non-formal education builds human capital through workshops in entrepreneurship, self-development and keeping themselves and their families healthy.

Most workshops are taught by trained facilitators who are from similar backgrounds as the women of the trust bank. The vast majority of women participating in Friendship Bridge trust banks earn less than $4 a day. Most invest their increased earnings in education and healthcare for their families.

The state of Huehuetenango is in northwestern Guatemala and has high mountains and plateaus. It is the home of the trust bank “Mujeres Virtuosas Chiantla”, which is based on the Microcredit Plus program (education + loans).

Nine women dedicated to fighting poverty in their families and community form the trust bank. The women own small food and cleaning businesses. They are starting their first loan cycle with Kiva.

Nathaly is 32 years old and was in school for 10 years. She hopes that her three children get a better education and become successful professionals. Nathaly has a small store. She is seeking a loan to grow her business by buying nonperishable goods like sugar, salt, pasta and rice at wholesale prices.

Thanks to all the Kiva investors for giving a helping hand to the women of Huehuetenango who dream of a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.