Total loan: $2,375

La Reformita Group

Santa Lucia La Reforma, Totonicapan, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy spices at the wholesale level.

La Reformita Group's story

There are 21 individual Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala, and one of them is “K’iche”. This is the language that 7 ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “La Reformita” speak. They share the common goals of expanding their businesses, sustaining their households, educating their children and empowering themselves. They live in the department/state of Totonicapan. The women have pharmacies, raise animals and sell spices like chile, chipotle, curry and pepper in the local market.

Herlinda is President of the Trust Bank, and is 34 years old and married with 4 children (8-18). The youngest children are in primary and secondary schools. Herlinda sells spices like the above mentioned. She has planned carefully and is certain that injecting additional funds into the business will yield a larger income. Herlinda is requesting her first Kiva loan and intends to buy spices at the wholesale level.

Because these hardworking women have little or no formal education, they are greatly aided by the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, educational training and healthcare services. At their monthly meetings, a facilitator uses role playing, games, pictures and diagrams to share information about an aspect of four topics: business, health, women and families. The ladies are eager to learn and often share the information with friends and family.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the essential role you play in the lives of these ladies!