Total loan: $4,175

Las Chalupas Group

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Chicacao, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Food

Las Chalupas Group's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy kitchen utensils and a variety of plastic containers.

Las Chalupas Group's story

Guatemalan cuisine is different from that of neighboring countries. While corn and beans are staples of the diet, vegetables like tomatoes, squash and chiles are added in a flavorful way. Corn tortillas, made freshly 3 times daily, are small and fat.

Victoria, who is 46 years old, married, and a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Chalupas”, has a prepared food business and sells her delicious recipes as a street vendor near the local market every day. She is pleased because she feels that she is successful in her business and has been able to raise 3 children effectively, who are now over the age of 25.

Victoria is requesting a KIVA loan to buy kitchen utensils and a variety of plastic containers for storing her foods.

There are 10 ladies in the Trust Bank who live in the department/state of Suchitepequez. They look forward to their monthly meetings when a facilitator shares relevant information with them based on 4 topics: business, family, health, women. Since the women have little or no formal education, they will learn by participating in role playing, games, as well as looking at pictures and diagrams. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services. Friendship Bridge calls the useful combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”. It works!

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the vital role you play in the lives of Victoria and her friends! They are most appreciative!