Total loan: $6,250

El Carmen Group

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Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Services

El Carmen Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped named Ana buy thread and accessories for her sewing machine and decor for traditional clothing.

El Carmen Group's story

With the approaching festivities of Easter week, or Semana Santa, many businesses in rural Guatemala are very busy. This is true of Ana, a 53-year-old talented seamstress who is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank, or El Carmen. She is married with seven children (ages 14-32). All of them except for the youngest have completed high school.

Ana’s husband works in a construction business and the two of them work hard to meet the needs of their large family. Ana would like to buy cones of thread at the wholesale level, accessories for her sewing machine and decor for her traditional clothing.

The nine ladies in the Trust Bank have food businesses, run convenience stores, sell tortillas or make traditional textiles. Others sell fruit, raise animals or are seamstresses.

Their monthly informal educational sessions are the backbone of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. The sessions cover a variety of topics that include health, nutrition, hygiene and effective business management practices. The women gain self-esteem, feel more empowered and often share the information with family and friends. 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 these ladies. They are stepping into a brighter and more prosperous future!.