Total loan: $4,825

El Quetzal Group

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Momostenango, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy shirts, pants, and towels to sell.

El Quetzal Group's story

Paula is a 58-year-old, married Maya K’iche mother of eight children over the age of 18 and grandmother of 12 children. She is married and lives in the department state of Totonicapan. Paula shares, “I feel really happy to have such a large family and to be able to share my values, beliefs, culture and the importance of receiving a formal education with my children and grandchildren.” Paula sells shirts, pants and towels on the streets of Antigua, Guatemala. Thanks to her income, all of her children were able to go to school. She is requesting a Kiva loan to buy pants, shirts, and towels to sell.

Paula is one of nine Maya K’iche ladies in the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “El Quetzal,” located in the state department of Totonicapan. She looks forward to her monthly meetings when the women make loan payments and then participate in educational trainings that cover an aspect of four topics: business, health, family, and women. Often, they share what they learn with family and friends. Every other month, the ladies have access to basic health care services. The combination of loans, educational trainings, and health care services is what Friendship Bridge calls “Microcredit Plus”.

It would be impossible for Paula and her friends to walk into a bank to secure a loan. Kiva investors are highly appreciated by them. Thank you to each of you for your kindness and your generosity!