Total loan: $4,925

El Quetzal Group

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Momostenango, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy a cylinder of gas, a stove, plastic utensils & corn at the wholesale level.

El Quetzal Group's story

“El Quetzal”, a beautiful tropical bird with green feathers, is what 8 Maya K’iche ladies have named their Friendship Bridge Trust Bank in the department/state of Totonicapan. The women meet monthly to make payments on their loans. Then, they participate in educational trainings that give them relevant information about themselves (women’s rights, roles, reproductive health), their families (nutrition, hygiene) & how to prioritize expenses. They also acquire basic business tools (planning, budgeting, investing) that they can apply immediately to their businesses that include restaurants, & sales of traditional snacks, tortillas, ice cream, tomatoes & clothing. The women are beginning their 3rd loan cycle with Kiva.

Christobalina is a 27 year-old married mother of 4 children all over the age of 2 who has worked hard so that her oldest son studies in the 2nd grade. Education is important to her since she only has a 3rd grade education. Christobalina is requesting a loan for her tortilla shop (tortilleria) & plans to buy a cylinder of gas, a stove, plastic utensils & corn at the wholesale level. Along with the other ladies in the Trust Bank, she only has a few years of formal education. Education is important to her & some of her income will be earmarked for the education of her children.

Christobalina & her friends look forward to their monthly meetings & appreciate the partnership between Kiva & Friendship Bridge. Thank you!