Total loan: $3,350

Las Raquelitas De San Julian Group

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Patulul, Suchitepequez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to purchase a slicing machine and ingredients for her food business.

Las Raquelitas De San Julian Group's story

Elba, a 37 year old entrepreneur, wife and mother, arises early each morning to take care of household chores and then works at one of her 4 businesses. She sews clothing, sells fabrics, makes fruity ice creams and cooks delicious regional dishes.

Elba is pleased to join with 8 other ladies and participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. After planning carefully, Elba is requesting her 5th KIVA loan to buy a vegetable slicing machine and the ingredients that are required for her recipes.

The tropical State of Suchitepequez is filled with lush green vegetation and tall palm trees. The people who live in this area speak Maya Kaqchikel, K’iche, Tz’utujil, as well as Spanish.

The 9 women, who are in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Raquelitas de San Julian”, sell delicious regional dishes like “tamales de maiz” or corn tamales, fruit, and ice creams. The ladies also are seamstresses and sell beautiful fabrics. They look forward to their monthly meetings when a facilitator shares information with them about an aspect of 4 topics: health, business, family, women. They appreciate being able to learn to manage their loans effectively, when they learn about accounting, planning, budgeting, investing, and customer relations.

Elba and her friends would be unable to access capital in a local bank. Kiva investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, play a vital role in their lives. Thank you!