Total loan: $4,550

Vista Hermosa Group

Momostenango, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy a variety of stuffed animals wholesale.

Vista Hermosa Group's story

The Friendship Bridge Trust Bank "Vista Hermosa," with 10 Maya K'iche' women, is located in the rural area of ​​the department/state of Totonicapán. The women are requesting their fourth Kiva loan in order to infuse new capital into their businesses, which include selling a variety of products, such as pigs, kitchen utensils, traditional woven skirts or "cortes," and stuffed animals. A few ladies are seamstresses.

The secretary of the group is 28-year-old Mirsa, who is the only member with an education (third grade). When the group meets for their monthly "Microcredit Plus" program meetings, she takes minutes and collects loan payments. During the meetings, a facilitator provides educational sessions in four main topic areas: business management, women's issues, health, and family. Since most of the women have little or no education, this is the "Plus" of the program.

Mirsa has a business selling stuffed animals in three markets in her area. She is requesting a loan to buy a variety of stuffed animals wholesale. With the holidays approaching, she wants to take advantage of the graduation parties, social gatherings and Christmas to increase her sales. Mirsa is sure that with increased profits, she will be able to save and continue to provide an education, as well as better living conditions to her two children (ages 3 and 9).

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your generosity that helps these women create their own solutions to poverty!