Total loan: $3,400

El Nacimiento Group

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San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy an industrial stove with a grill, firewood, as well as fruit and chocolate for her two businesses.

El Nacimiento Group's story

The secretary of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “El Nacimiento” or “The Birth” is 22-year-old Aris. She is a married mother of a three-year-old daughter.

Her main business is selling delicious “choco frutas” that are fruits covered with chocolate. A few months ago, she opened a “tortilleria” or tortilla shop where she makes/sells fresh hot corn tortillas three times daily.

Aris is currently requesting her first Kiva loan to invest in an industrial stove with a grill, firewood, a variety of fruit and chocolate. She is certain that these four items are necessary to meet the high demands of her customers.

Aris and the six ladies in the Trust Bank live in the Central Highlands in the department/state of Chimaltenango. They sell American clothing, have food carts (french fries, fruit covered with chocolate) and tortilla shops. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they offer each other support, make loan payments and participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and healthcare services. Practical topics for the educational trainings are drawn from four areas: business, health, family, and women. Because the ladies have little or no formal education, these trainings are vital to their success. Aris attended school for nine years.

These women would be unable to secure a loan in a bank or any other financial institution. Aris shares, “Loan support from Kiva lenders is vital for our development and success.” Thank you, Kiva lenders!