Total loan: $2,975

Alas De Angel Group

San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy firewood at a wholesale level.

Alas De Angel Group's story

Rural women are mostly engaged in the production of weaving of typical garments, breeding of yard animals (ducks, chickens, turkeys), agriculture and sale of firewood. In this way they transmit their culture and maintain traditions. These activities are also seen by some women as a source of income, as they do not have a formal job as a result of the poor education they have.
This is the case of Aura, the treasurer of the Community Bank of Friendship Bridge "Alas de Angel". She is 42 years old and studied for six years. She is married and is the mother of seven children ranging from nine months to 20 years.

To generate income and support her husband with household expenses, she has three businesses such as the sale of firewood, poultry farming, and coffee cultivation. The income that Aura generates is used to cover the formal education expenses of her older children. Aura is sought after by her clientele, as she offers quality product. She is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy firewood at a wholesale level.

There are seven women who form this group, which is located in a rural area of ​​the Department of Chimaltenango. They all speak Kaqchikel, a Mayan language. They have small businesses ranging from textile manufacturing to the sale of firewood. They meet monthly to participate in the "Microcredit Plus" program of loans, education and health care services. They learn beneficial business management, customer service and leadership skills.

Thanks to the lenders of Kiva for their financing.