Total loan: $3,775

Choyomche Group

Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy chicken to sell by the pound, as well as drinks and sugar.

Choyomche Group's story

The average client participating in Friendship Bridge's Microcredit Plus program (loans, education, health care) has 3.4 years of formal education. Some, like 41-year-old Anabela, have none.

This has not stopped Anabela from working hard, along with her husband, to support their large family of seven children (ages 18 months to 18 years). They live in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. Anabela's husband sells car accessories as he walks along the streets of the community. Anabela has a convenience store and sells everyday products to neighbors. She is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy chicken to sell by the pound, as well as drinks and sugar. Part of her income will be earmarked for the continuing education of her school-age children. The older ones have finished the sixth grade.

Anabela is one of eight ladies in the Friendship Bridge trust bank Choyomche. Some raise animals (chickens, pigs, cattle) and some have traditional textile businesses, weaving and embroidering colorful blouses or “huipiles” and wraparound tube skirts or “cortes.” They are able to sell in their local market, which takes place Thursdays and Sundays.

Their monthly educational trainings benefit them greatly. The women acquire basic business tools and learn to care more effectively for their families (nutrition, hygiene, health) and themselves (women’s rights/roles, self-esteem). Every other month, they have access to basic health-care services.

For providing funds for these loans, Kiva investors are held in high esteem. Thank you!