Total loan: $3,475

Las Guadalupanas Sumatan Group

San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy pigs, corn, and firewood.

Las Guadalupanas Sumatan Group's story

Many under-served women in Guatemala have little or no formal education. However, they work industriously at their small businesses selling colorful traditional clothing, selling regional foods, raising animals, farming, and selling kitchenware. The ladies are able to earn income and help sustain their families.

Fidelia, a 63-year-old widow, is one of these women. She is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, Las Guadalupanas Sumatan. Fidelia lost her husband ten years ago and she was left to raise her ten children, who are now over the age of 18. Her youngest son helps her with household expenses. Fidelia sells clothing, kitchenware, and regional snack foods such as tamales and chuchitos as a street vendor. She is inspired to open an additional business raising and selling pigs. With her second Kiva loan, Fidelia will be able to buy pigs, corn, and firewood.

There are eight ladies in the Trust Bank who live in the department/state of Chimaltenango. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they offer each other support, make loan payments, and participate in educational training, part of the Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and healthcare services. Topics for the training are relevant to their lives and give the women information to make sustainable changes. Topics are drawn from four areas: business, family, health, and women. This month, the women learned about facing emergencies with savings and life insurance.

Thank you, Kiva lenders!