Total loan: $5,625

Margaritas De Xolcuay Group

San Gaspar Chajul, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy seasonal fruits, such as apples and grapes, wholesale.

Margaritas De Xolcuay Group's story

There are more than 30,000 neglected Guatemalan women participating in the Microcredit Plus program at Puente de Amistad (which includes loans, education and training, and health care services). They have little or no formal education. Odilia is one of these women; she barely attended six years of school. She is a member of the Community Bank of Friendship Bridge "Margaritas de Xolcuay" and 22 years old, married, and the mother of two children between two and five years old. Odilia has a very profitable business where she sells vegetables and fresh fruit that's in season. During the week she makes her sales at the local market. To earn greater profits during the holidays, Odilia is requesting her first loan. She wants to buy seasonal fruit like apples, grapes, and pears to sell.

Seven Maya K’iche women are part of the Margaritas de Xolcuay Communal Bank in a rural area of ​​the Department or State of Quiché. Here many women work largely by buying and reselling fruits and vegetables. During their monthly meetings, they support each other when they make loan payments and learn about business, good health habits, nutrition, rights, and women's roles. They have recently learned about the importance of offering a variety of products in business and serving customers well.

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