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Total loan: $4,475

Las Rosas De Alotenango Group

Alotenango, Sacatepéquez, Sacatepéquez Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy a variety of secondhand clothes from the United States and mannequins on which to display them.


Las Rosas De Alotenango Group's story

There are many secondhand clothing stores in Guatemala where bales of clothing from the United States are opened every week, and the contents are offered for sale. This is the business managed by Sandi, 28, a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank’s Las Rosas de Alotenango group in the Department (state) of Chimaltenango. Sandi is married and the mother of three children from two to twelve years old (her youngest son appears with her in this picture).

Sandi shares: “Many local and foreign tourists pass through my shop, so I exhibit a variety of clothes to attract them. I am flexible and offer options. In this way, I can increase sales and with the income, I can help my husband cover household expenses and primary education for my older children.” She is applying for her first Kiva loan to buy a variety of clothes from the United States and mannequins on which to display them.

Sandi has a sixth-grade education and continues to learn during the monthly meetings of her communal bank. The seven women in the group learn to plan, budget and invest in their businesses, such as making artificial flowers or selling vegetables. They appreciate learning about other relevant topics such as health, hygiene and nutrition. This useful combination of educational training, loans and health care services is called "Microcredit Plus."

Women appreciate the kindness and generosity of Kiva lenders. With this financing women will be able to make their businesses successful!