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Total loan: $4,925

Las Violetas Group

Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy mango, watermelon, a tropical small purple fruit called “jocote”, and an additional small orange fruit called “nance”.


Las Violetas Group's story

The President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Violetas” is 27 year old Rosa who is a widow with 3 children (18 mo.-6 yrs). She lives in the department/state of Quiche and has a business in the local market selling pineapple, papaya and oranges.

Although she only has 3 years of formal education, she has learned about effective business management practices in her monthly Trust Bank meetings. Using this new information has helped her plan to expand her business so that during the summer season, she wants to include new seasonal fruits to offer her customers. She is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy mango, watermelon, a tropical small purple fruit called “jocote”, and an additional small orange fruit called “nance”.

Rosa calls the monthly meetings to order and the ladies make their loan payments. Then, they participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services. The 7 ladies in the group have set goals of empowering themselves, expanding their businesses and eliminating poverty. These trainings are vital to their success and include an aspect of 4 topics: business, health, family, women.

All of the women in the Trust Bank look forward to fortifying and expanding their businesses selling fruit, regional snacks and plastic containers. Others sell “elotes locos” (ears of grilled corn covered with mayonnaise, mustard and a sweet salsa). A Kiva loan would benefit them greatly. Thank you, Kiva investors!