Total loan: $3,825

Mujeres Kaqchikeles Sumpango Group

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Sumpango, Sacatepequez, Sacatepequez, Guatemala / Food

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Mujeres Kaqchikeles Sumpango Group's story

Markets in rural areas of Guatemala consist of stalls where vendors sell a colorful array of vegetables and fruits that are beautiful and bountiful. Thirty-one year old Yolanda, a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Mujeres Kaqchikeles Sumpango”, sells vegetables in her local market in the department/state of Chimaltenango. She, along with her husband, earns income to support the family that includes 3 children who range in age from 5-11. Yolanda is currently requesting a KIVA loan to buy more seasonal vegetables at the wholesale level. Some of her income will be earmarked for the education of her children. The Trust Bank consists of 7 women who have traditional textile and tortilla businesses, raise poultry and pigs, or are farmers. Their parents were too poor to send them to school so they have no formal education. However, the ladies understand the tremendous value of a good education and earmark some of their income toward the education of their own children. At their monthly meetings, the women learn about effective business management practices, health, hygiene, nutrition and how to empower themselves. They also gain effective business management practices. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services. This effective combination of loans, education and health care services is what Friendship Bridge calls “Microcredit Plus”. Thank you, KIVA investors, for the vital role you play in the lives of Yolanda and her friends!