Total loan: $3,000

Piramide Xetuj Group

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Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy carrots, potatoes, squash and spinach for her produce business.

Piramide Xetuj Group's story

Marketplaces in Guatemala are filled with colorful, fresh produce and beautiful traditional textiles. Forty-year-old Telma, the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Piramide Xetuj” has a vegetable stand in a local market in the department/state of Quetzaltenango.

She would like to buy carrots, potatoes, squash and spinach at the wholesale level. Her income helps support her four children who range in age from 8 to19 years of age. They are all enrolled in primary and secondary schools. It is important to Telma that her children complete their education and become professionals.

There are 8 ladies in the Trust Bank who participate in monthly educational training designed by a facilitator from Friendship Bridge who speaks their own Maya language. The women learn by participating in games and role-playing as well as seeing diagrams and pictures. Topics are useful and relevant and drawn from four areas: health, business, family, and women. As they learn, they feel more empowered and gain self confidence. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services.

Telma and her friends appreciate the kindness and generosity of Kiva investors from all parts of the world for funding their much-needed loans. They would be unable to access credit in a traditional financial institution.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for learning about Telma and her friends.