Total loan: $3,900

Santo Domingo Sacapulas Group

Sacapulas, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy a variety of ingredients for her business.

Santo Domingo Sacapulas Group's story

In Guatemala's colorful markets, it is common to find different places that offer a variety of products for the community. In these places, you can find everything from fresh fruits to animals for breeding. Dominga, 46, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Community Bank's "Santo Domingo Sacapulas" group. She has four years of education and is dedicated to selling food in this market. When she was little, Dominga learned this business while helping her mother. She is married and has 2 children (21, 23) who are teachers. In order to invest in the business, she is requesting her first Kiva loan to supply her business. Dominga will buy a variety of ingredients to continue preparing her delicious recipes.

In addition to Dominga, there are 6 other women in this group, who live in the department of Quiché. They speak their native language, Sacapulteco, in addition to Spanish. Some women have food businesses, small restaurants, and corn tortilla shops. Others sell cleaning products and dishes. Thanks to this income, they support their husbands to cover their children's education expenses.

In addition to accessing the loan, the group members participate in educational trainings during monthly meetings. In Dominga's words: "the trainings I receive on business, family, and women are empowering me." These are the benefits that the Microcredit Plus program offers these women. They express "without financing these loans we could not continue to develop."