Total loan: $2,200

Volcan De Agua Group

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Santa Maria de Jesus, San Juan Sacatepequez, , Guatemala / Food

Volcan De Agua Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy large sacks of corn as well as propane.

Volcan De Agua Group's story

The department/state of Sacatepéquez is quite scenic and it's where various majestic volcanoes are located. In the folds of one of them, eight ladies have formed the Friendship Bridge trust bank “Volcan de Agua,” which is also the name of one of the volcanoes. The women in the group are starting their first loan cycle with Kiva and will invest in their traditional textile and tortilla businesses.

Because the ladies have little or no formal education, they benefit greatly from their monthly educational sessions, part of the Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and healthcare. At their meetings, a facilitator from Friendship Bridge shares information about business management practices, health, hygiene, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants. The women also learn about empowerment, women’s rights and roles and self esteem.

Maria, a 23-year-old single mother of a 4-year-old son, is a member of the group and has a fourth-grade education. She has a tortilla business. Maria is requesting a loan to buy large sacks of corn as well as propane. She wants her son to complete high school; that is a dream she always had but was unable to do.

Maria and her friends extend their gratitude to Kiva investors and send best wishes for a very happy holiday season and a healthy new year!