Total loan: $3,125

Getzemani Group

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San Juan Alotenango, Sacatepéquez, Sacatepéquez Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy corn, spices, a water pump and containers to plant seedlings.

Getzemani Group's story

“Getzemani” is what 9 ladies who live in the department/state of Sacatepequez call their Friendship Bridge Trust Bank. The women are dedicated mothers committed to giving their children a complete education.

Some of them have food businesses preparing delicious regional dishes like “tostadas”, “tamales”, “chuchitos” and a corn drink called “atol”. Others sell cleaning products, kitchen utensils, blankets and catalog products. They are requesting their 1st Kiva loan.

Their monthly educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services, is vital to their success. They learn to save for emergencies and also about self-esteem, empowerment, as well as women’s and children’s rights. They also learn about effective business management practices, health, hygiene, nutrition and the use of medicinal plants. The lack of formal education does not stop them from moving forward!

Saara, a 30-year-old married mother of 3 children (7, 10, 15), is a member of the group who has a food business. She makes tortillas 3 times daily and also has a plant nursery. With her income, her children are able to attend school.

She shares, “Thanks to my businesses and the loans, I am improving the quality of life for my family and am able to help my husband out with our household needs.”

She is requesting a Kiva loan for her 3 businesses and plans to buy corn, spices, a water pump and containers to plant seedlings.

Thank you, KIVA investors!