Total loan: $4,150

Mujeres Virtuosas Group

Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Clothing

Mujeres Virtuosas Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy clothing and shoes imported from Mexico.

Mujeres Virtuosas Group's story

The second largest city in Guatemala is Quetzaltenango or, in Maya, "Xelajú" and is the home of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Virtuosas” that has 7 Spanish speaking members. Their average age is 45 years with many having a high school education. In order to fulfill the requests of their clients and because they need to have new products for their businesses (selling new American clothing, and catalogue sales of perfumes or Tupperware) these women are requesting a second loan cycle from KIVA investors.

Marta is a very enterprising woman who has sold catalogue products for 15 years. She says, "I started my business when my husband could not pay our household bills. Over the years it has generated good profits so that I could provide a good education for my 5 children!" Marta knows a good education opens doors. Thus she has sent her children to primary and secondary schools. She has a secretarial certificate. Marta is well known far and wide throughout the area because of her business and is requesting a KIVA loan to buy clothing and shoes imported from Mexico.

KIVA investors play an essential role in the empowerment of Marta, along with 28,000 other low income women who participate in the Friendship Bridge "Microcredit Plus" program that provides small low interest loans, as well as educational lessons in business management skills, healthcare, and women's empowerment. Thank you, KIVA investors, for your generous support that helps grow Marta's business!