Total loan: $4,225

Puente A Group

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Santa María Chiquimula, Totonicapán, Totonicapán Department, Guatemala / Services

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A loan helped to buy rolls of cloth to meet the clientele demand for the holiday months of the end of the year.

Puente A Group's story

An indigenous Guatemalan woman suffers many challenges. It is more likely to be poor, illiterate, without access to health services and unlikely to have formal employment. Despite this unfavorable scenario, women like Catarina, 24, decide to face these challenges. She grew up with little chance of attending school and attended six years in elementary school. Catarina is married and has two children (4 and 6 years old) whom she visualizes with a prosperous future. She has managed her business of making pants for five years. In this time, the business has grown, and the clientele has gotten more demanding. In order to meet the demand of the clientele for the holiday months of the end of the year, Catarina requests her fourth Kiva loan to buy rolls of cloth.

Catarina is the secretary of the Community Bridge of Friendship Bridge "Bridge A". There are 8 other Maya K’iche women in the communal bank that live in the Department / State of Totonicapán. They make clothes such as pants, sweatshirts, aprons and shirts. Women make loan payments and participate in educational training (business, health, family, women). Every two months, a nurse offers them basic tests such as blood pressure checks, Pap smears and family planning. Puente de Amistad calls the effective combination of loans, education and medical care "Microcredit Plus."

Thank you, Kiva lenders, for knowing about Catarina and her friends. Your loan support is highly valued!