Total loan: $4,550

Adonai Group

Chiche, El Quiche, Guatemala , Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy a variety of fruit and chocolate.

Adonai Group's story

It is a common sight to walk along streets in Guatemala and see signs that say “Se venden chocofrutas” (chocolate-covered fruit). These delicious confections are popular with both children and adults.

Jacqueline, a member of the Friendship Bridge trust bank Adonai, has offered her chocofrutas to the public for three years. She is 33 years old, is married and has four children, who range in age from 8 to16. Her children are in primary and secondary school. Jacqueline is a teacher in her local school and sells chocofrutas and ice creams when she is not working. She is requesting her fifth Kiva loan to restock ingredients and plans to buy a variety of fruit and chocolate.

Jacqueline and the eight other Maya K’iche ladies in this group live in the department/state of Quiche. They speak Maya K’iche. Some have animal husbandry businesses, raising chickens and pigs, and others sell chocofrutas. The women learn to manage their loans through their monthly educational trainings, part of the Microcredit Plus program of loans, education and health-care services. They also learn to care more effectively for their families (nutrition, hygiene, health) and empower themselves (self-esteem, women’s rights/roles). Every other month, they have access to basic health-care services delivered by a nurse who speaks their Maya language.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your kindness in funding these much-appreciated loans!