Total loan: $3,475

La Torre Group

USPANTAN, QUICHE, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy corn and firewood at the wholesale level.

La Torre Group's story

The 7 ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “La Torre” are happily beginning their 2nd loan cycle with KIVA. They meet monthly in the high mountains of the department/state of Quiche to make loan payments and to participate in educational training that cover every day topics like health, hygiene and nutrition. The women also learn about budgeting, investing and savings so that they can achieve success in their businesses that include traditional textiles, and sales of potatoes and fruit. The combination of loans, educational training and healthcare services is called “Microcredit Plus”.

Micaela, a 38 year old member of the group, who speaks both Spanish and Maya Uspanteko, was unable to attend school. She understands the tremendous value of education and has been able to send 5 of her 6 children (2-17) to school. The family lives in just one room with an additional room serving as the kitchen. Micaela sells corn tortillas 3 times each day during meal times. There is high demand for her delicious tortillas.

She is requesting a KIVA loan to buy corn and firewood at the wholesale level. Micaela is determined to provide a more prosperous future for her family and has great hope for the future. The “Microcredit Plus” program is a real life changer for her.

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