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Total loan: $4,775

Angeles Flor De Maria Group

San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy ingredients and saucepans for her food business.

Angeles Flor De Maria Group's story

Eight ladies, who live in the department/state of Chimaltenango have formed the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Angeles Flor de Maria”. They are beginning their third Kiva loan cycle with hopes of bolstering their small businesses, educating their children and raising their standard of living.

The Secretary of the group is 19 year old Gladys who recently married and does not have children. Her husband drives a public bus and his income is not sufficient to cover their household expenses. Gladys has a prepared food business and cooks her delicious recipes for many appreciative customers. She is requesting her third Kiva loan to buy a variety of vegetables, sausages, spices, as well as large saucepans, so that she is able to cook more of her popular dishes.

The women in the Trust Bank have all kinds of businesses including fruit and firewood sales, traditional textile fabrication/sales, and small tortilla shops or “tortillerias”. They learn to effectively manage these businesses in their monthly educational training when a Facilitator shares information about health, women, family and business. Friendship Bridge calls the effective combination of loans, education and healthcare services “Microcredit Plus”. The program is quite beneficial to Gladys and her friends as they have little or no formal education and often do not have access to healthcare services. It would be impossible for them to walk into a bank to secure a loan.

Thank you, Kiva lenders!