Total loan: $4,150

Flores De Chijam Group

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Cunen, El Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to invest in the vegetables of the season such as onions, tomatoes, and carrots.

Flores De Chijam Group's story

The holiday season is a very busy time for many of the Friendship Bridge businesswomen. One of them is Isabel, secretary of the “Flores de Chijam” Community Bridge of Friendship located in a rural area of ​​the Department/State of Quiché. She is 28 years old, married and a mother of 4 children between 2 to 8 years old. The older children have completed second grade and kindergarten. Isabel had the opportunity to attend school for five years as she grew up in a poor family. Despite the challenges in which Isabel grew up, she had the initiative to start her own business of buying and selling fresh vegetables. She is requesting the second Kiva loan to invest in the vegetables of the season such as onions, tomatoes, and carrots.

Isabel and six other women from the communal bank speak the K’iche language, and benefit greatly from the monthly educational training, part of the "Microcredit Plus" program (loans, education, medical care) of Puente de Amistad. Budget, investment and savings information helps women manage their traditional textile and vegetable sales businesses. They also learn about one aspect of 3 other topics: health, family, women. Isabel mentions that she appreciates learning about the importance of avoiding acquiring many loans.

These women are very grateful for the interest shown by Kiva lenders in financing these loans.