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Pacoxom Nahuala Group

Nahualá, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy ingredients for her bread business and more traditional clothing to resell.


Pacoxom Nahuala Group's story

Maria is the hard-working President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Pacoxom Nahuala” group in the state of Solola. She is 25 years old, married, and has six years of formal education. Maria bakes bread that she delivers to various stores in her area and also sells colorful traditional clothing. She plans to expand both businesses to other markets in the area so that she can increase her income and set aside funds for her future children.

Right now, Maria is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy eggs, flour, and sugar for her bread business, as well as more traditional clothing. She wants to add women’s sandals to sell to her customers.

There are eight Maya K’iche ladies in the Trust Bank who are proud of their cultural heritage and wear their beautiful traditional clothing. They have planned carefully and want to invest the Kiva funds into their furniture, shoes, clothing, bakery, and animal husbandry businesses. They have learned to plan, budget, and invest in their monthly meetings since business is one of the topics covered in their educational training. Other topics include health, women’s issues, and family matters. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education, and health care services “Microcredit Plus.”

Maria and her friends in the group would be unable to access credit in a bank. They are very appreciative to Kiva lenders who supply the funds for their much needed loans. Thank you to each of you!