Total loan: $3,175

La Bendicion Grande Group

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Pachalum, Quiché, Baja Verapaz Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy used clothing and containers to carry her prepared foods.

La Bendicion Grande Group's story

Many of the 30,000 underserved women who participate in the Friendship Bridge “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, educational training and health care services have more than one business. Sometimes, this is because they are the sole support for their families. Aminta is 36 years old and has been separated from her husband for four years. She sells used clothing and also some of her delicious recipes in her community in the department/state of Quiche. She is raising three children, who range in age from 10-22. Aminta wants Kiva investors to know how proud she is that her first son graduated from high school. The other two are in primary and secondary schools. Aminta is requesting a Kiva loan to buy used clothing from the U.S. and containers to carry her prepared foods.

Aminta, the president of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “La Bendicion Grande”, was fortunate to attend school for seven years. Most of the ladies in the program have little or no formal education. The women of this Trust Bank are neighbors and look forward to their monthly meetings, when they make loan payments and then participate in educational training that is essential to their success. They learn about effective business management practices and aspects of three other topics: health, family and women. Every other month, they have access to basic health care services.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for the important role you play in the lives of Aminta and her friends!