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Total loan: $4,225

Mujeres De Villa Hortencia 2 Group

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San Juan Cotzal, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

Mujeres De Villa Hortencia 2 Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to open a new store.

Mujeres De Villa Hortencia 2 Group's story

In a wooden house in the Guatemalan state of Quiché, Dominga lives with her husband and 3 young children. Her town sits in a rural part of the country where the dirt roads make it hard to reach the market at the center of town. Nevertheless, Dominga and the 7 other members of the Trust Bank Mujeres De Villa Hortencia 2 Group make the 1½ hour trek every 8 days.

Dominga started a sewing business making cortes, the typical Mayan skirt, & now has 3 looms in production.

However, she’s noticed increased demand for a small food market along the road into town, and she has the ambition to meet this need. She is asking for a loan to open a new store, where she will sell rice, beans, corn, and eggs.

At 22 years old with 5 years of formal education, Dominga is not your ordinary entrepreneur. She and the women in her Trust Bank can’t read or write. The majority speak K’iche.

Nevertheless, Dominga is realizing her enterprising potential thanks to past access to credit and additional services from Friendship Bridge, a Kiva field partner. Friendship Bridge’s Microcredit Plus program provides Dominga with monthly workshops on family, business, and health topics, pairing life skills with her funds. This holistic approach has helped Dominga advance not only economically, but also in terms of her physical health and self-confidence.

This is Dominga’s first credit cycle with Kiva & she greatly appreciates the support of Kiva lenders!