Total loan: $3,725

Tikal Group

Chichicastenango, Departamento El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy fertilizer and insecticide, as well as high-quality thread in various colors.

Tikal Group's story

Guatemalan markets are filled with colorful fruits and vegetables, often not found in other countries. Maria, President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Tikal,” named for the ancient Mayan city in Guatemala, is a farmer (apples, peaches). She also weaves beautiful traditional blouses called “huipiles.” Maria shares, “Thanks to my businesses, I can help my husband with the expenses of our household. I want my 2 children, who are 13 and 15 years old, to have what they need and graduate from high school.” Maria is tending her orchard to get ready for the fruit harvest of the coming year and plans to buy fertilizer and insecticide, as well as high-quality thread in various colors. In addition, she plans to hire 10 people to help with both businesses. This will be her 8th Kiva loan.

There are 8 ladies in the Trust Bank who live in a rural area in the department of Quiche. They weave and sell traditional clothing, raise animals, work on their farms, and sell personal care products by catalogue sales. Although they have little or no formal education, the women learn about effective business practices, health, hygiene, and nutrition, as well as self esteem and empowerment, at their monthly meetings. They have access to healthcare services every other month. The combination of loans, education, and healthcare services is what Friendship Bridge calls “Microcredit Plus.”

Maria and her friends appreciate the generosity of Kiva investors from all parts of the world! Thank you!