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Total loan: $3,450

Santa Cruz Group

San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped buy a variety of fruit and corn.

Santa Cruz Group's story

Corn, chile and beans are three staples of the Guatemalan diet. Brenda, the 34 year-old married mother of 2 children, ages 18 months and 6 years, cooks and sells corn called “elote,” as well as fruit. During the school year, she sells them outside the school grounds. During school vacations, she sells them to customers on the street. Brenda is requesting a Kiva loan to buy a variety of fruit and corn.

Brenda's husband is a farm worker. Because of the lingering drought, farmers are facing increased challenges.

Brenda is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Group “Santa Cruz,” located in the department/state of Solola. There are 6 other women in her group. Some of them sell personal care products (via catalogue sales), fish, chicken by the pound, and traditional textiles. Others have stands where they sell snack foods or have a convenience store. Most have little or no formal education. Brenda is exceptional because she was able to attend school through the 8th grade. At their monthly meetings, the ladies participate in educational trainings on topics drawn from 4 areas: business, health, family, and women. Brenda shares that she found the most helpful topics to be managing her money, making prompt payments, and being responsible. Every other month, the women have access to health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education, and health care “Microcredit Plus.”

Brenda and her friends send their gratitude to Kiva investors. Thank you!