Total loan: $3,350

Las Girasoles Tecpanecas Group

Tecpán, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy eggs, vegetables, rice, corn, oil and firewood at the wholesale level.

Las Girasoles Tecpanecas Group's story

The 9 Maya Kaqchikel ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Girasoles Tecpanecas” elected 43 year old Reyna as President. She has 6 years of formal education. Ten years ago, her husband died leaving her as the sole provider of their 3 children who now range in age from 10-24. She has set aside funds from her food business so that each of them can go or have gone to primary and secondary schools. Reyna shares, “I visualize my children as successful professionals. I want them to have better opportunities than I had”. After careful planning, Reyna is requesting her 3rd KIVA loan to buy eggs, vegetables, rice, corn, oil and firewood at the wholesale level.

The women in the Trust Bank have all kinds of businesses selling spices, chicken meat, medicines, traditional textiles and delicious regional snack foods. They learn how to manage their businesses effectively in their monthly educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services. The ladies learn about other relevant topics as well like nutrition, hygiene, health, the use of medicinal plants and how to prioritize expenses. This month, they have learned about the importance of over-indebtedness.

Reyna is an excellent example of an empowered woman determined to succeed and eliminate poverty. KIVA investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, play an essential role in her journey. Thank you to each of you!