Total loan: $4,950

Saquilla Group

Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to resupply the shelves of her convenience store.

Saquilla Group's story

Many of the 30,000 unserved ladies who participate in the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge have several businesses. Alicia, a 30-year-old Maya K’iche married mother of two children (2,11) works at her convenience store, weaves colorful traditional blouses or “huipiles” on a backstrap loom and also raises animals.

Part of her income is earmarked for the education of her children and to raise her standard of living. She is requesting her 4th Kiva loan to resupply her store with popular products.

Alicia, along with 7 other women, is a member of the Trust Bank “Saquilla" located in the department/state of Quiche. The ladies only have a few years of formal education. They are determined entrepreneurs raising animals and running their convenience stores and traditional textile businesses.

They meet monthly to make loan payments and to participate in educational trainings (health, family, women, business). Alicia shares that the topics of over-indebtedness and investing have helped her create more success with each of her businesses. Every other month, the women have access to health care services. These educational trainings and access to health care are included in the “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge.

Thank you, Kiva investors, from all parts of the world for your support for these women. You are appreciated greatly!