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Total loan: $4,900

Las Golondrinas Group

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

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A loan helped to buy cell phone protectors, cases, chargers and other inventory for the business.


Las Golondrinas Group's story

Rosa, the 46-year-old mother of nine children all over the age of 8, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Golondrinas.”

Rosa, along with her husband, has a small shop where they sell accessories for cell phones. She shares, “Thanks to this business, I am able to help my husband with our household expenses and send my children to school.” Rosa works to make this happen, and she is quite proud of her efforts.

Currently she is requesting a Kiva loan to buy cell phone protectors, cases, chargers and other inventory for the business.

The nine Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank meet monthly to make loan payments and then enthusiastically participate in educational trainings designed by a facilitator. These sessions give them lots of the information that they need to be successful. Topics are drawn from four areas that include business, health, family and business. The facilitator speaks their Maya language, and the ladies are taught by diagrams, pictures, role playing and games. This useful combination of loans, education and healthcare services is called “Microcredit Plus”. It is an effective program for women who have little or no formal education. It helps these women with their businesses, which include traditional textile production, seamstress workshops and bakeries.

Rosa and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva investors for funding their much-appreciated loans. Thank you!