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Total loan: $3,475

Fortaleza De Dios Group

Rio Bravo, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped zoila needs to restock the shelves of her convenience store and buy spices.

Fortaleza De Dios Group's story

Zoila, a single, 44-year-old mother of two adult children, is the treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Fortaleza de Dios” or “Strength of God” in the tropical state/department of Suchitepequez. The area where she lives is fertile and lends itself well to mango, sugar cane and cardamon farms. Zoila learned about the importance of work as a child and began working after attending school for four years. She has a convenience store and a food stand.

Zoila is currently requesting her first Kiva loan that she will use to restock her store and purchase spices for her delicious recipes.

There are eight ladies in the Trust Bank. They raise poultry, sell shoes, clothing and prepared foods and have convenience stores. They learn to manage their loans through monthly trainings as part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge. Because the women have little or no formal education, they understand the tremendous importance of education. The trainings are essential to their success and cover business, health, family, and women's topics. They are designed by a facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing, and games to share information. The women are excited to learn and often share the information with family and friends.

Zoila and the women in the Trust Bank send their gratitude to Kiva investors from all parts of the world. They appreciate your generosity and your kindness. Thank you!