Total loan: $4,225

Hijas De Maria Group

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San Pablo La Laguna, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Manufacturing

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A loan helped to buy wire, iron and paint for the business.

Hijas De Maria Group's story

Magdalena, a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Hijas de Maria”, has a business fabricating/selling small poultry cages and grills. She is a 39 years old, married Maya Tzutujil who lives in the department/state of Solola and has 4 children who range in age from 14-26. The older ones were able to attend school for 6 years. She shares that it is her husband who makes the small cages and grills that are ordered by customers in the nearby department of Chimaltenango. Because of high demand, Magdalena is requesting a KIVA loan and will buy wire, iron and paint for the business.

Magdalena does not know how to read nor write. Many of the 9 ladies in the Trust Bank have little or no formal education. However, they are thrilled to learn about effective business management practices, family matters, health, and women’s issues in their monthly meetings. Magdalena shares, “The variety of topics helps us to grow and empower ourselves as businesswomen.” Every other month, the women have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls this useful combination of loans, educational trainings and health care services “Microcredit Plus”.

Magdalena and her friends are greatly heartened to invest in their convenience stores, traditional textile and handicraft businesses. With their KIVA loans, Friendship Bridge educational trainings and health care, they are well on their way to a brighter future, benefiting themselves, their families and community! Thank you!