Total loan: $3,600

Mujeres De Valor Group

Genova Costa Cuca, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy chicken, potatoes, corn, and spices for her prepared food business.

Mujeres De Valor Group's story

Many of the 30,000 ladies who participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and healthcare services have more than one business. In addition, they have little or no formal education.

53-year-old Herlinda, the Treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres de Valor,” makes fresh tortillas three times daily. At lunch time, she sells fried chicken and potatoes. She sets a good example for her 3 children, who range in age from 1-16. She is requesting her 2nd Kiva loan to buy chicken, potatoes, corn, and spices at the wholesale level. Some of her income will be earmarked toward the continuing education of her older children.

There are 11 women in the Trust Bank that is located in the department/state of Quetzaltenango. A Kiva loan would help them expand their prepared food businesses that include traditional dishes like tamales, chuchitos (steamy corn packets filled with chicken, tomatoes, and spices), tacos, fried chicken, and potatoes, as well as a corn drink called “atole.” They are highly motivated and learn a great deal in their monthly educational trainings when the women learn about an aspect of 4 topics: health, family, women, and business. A facilitator shares the information using drawings, pictures, role playing, and games. Often, the ladies share what they learn with family and friends.

These women are very appreciative of the kindness and generosity of Kiva investors. Thank you!