Total loan: $3,950

Virgen De Guadalupe Rancho Group

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Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Food

Virgen De Guadalupe Rancho Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy products such as cinnamon, pepitoria, plums, sesame, and pepper wholesale for her spice business.

Virgen De Guadalupe Rancho Group's story

Antonia is one of the 9 women of K'iche descent who are part of the Communal Bank "Virgen de Guadalupe Rancho." They reside in the rural area of ​the Department/State of Totonicapán. They all have small businesses and engage in activities such as selling spices, making pants and skirts, and preparing delicious food. They are beginning their third loan cycle with Kiva.

Antonia is 29 years old and is the mother of 2 children, ages 3 and 6 years old. She obtained a teacher's certificate. Antonia has the possibility of sending the oldest child to kindergarten. She is requesting a loan to stock her spice business and buy products uch as cinnamon, pepitoria, plums, sesame, and pepper wholesale.

Antonia visualizes a prosperous business, with higher income to cover her personal expenses and support her family.

Women learn in monthly meetings about useful tips to have self-esteem, be agents of change, make decisions, and use credit wisely. This is thanks to the Microcredit Plus program of Puente de Amistad and "Salud para la Vida," which also brings health clinics to women.

This was not possible without the support of Kiva and Friendship Bridge lenders who fill development gaps.