Total loan: $5,175

Mujeres De Chuisaca Group

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Nahualá, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy more inventory for her spices and traditional clothing sales businesses.

Mujeres De Chuisaca Group's story

Puente de Amistad's [Friendship Bridge’s] Microcredit Plus loan, educational training and healthcare program offers programs and services that create opportunities for families to build sustainable futures in Guatemala. The 32,000 women participating in the program are proud of the success they are achieving.

This is the case with Carmelina, one of seven members of the Communal Bank of Friendship Bridge’s Women of Chuisaca. She is 26 years old and one of these empowered women. She shares, “I am a married woman. I take care of my home and, at the same time, I have the opportunity to manage two businesses: the sales of spices (cinnamon, bay leaf and thyme) and traditional clothing. Part of my income goes to providing basic needs for my three children, all over the age of eight months.” For his part, Carmelina's husband has a banana depository.

In the short term, Carmelina wants to increase her inventory and sales from these businesses. With her second Kiva loan she will be able to achieve her goal by buying more inventory of the above-named items.

These seven women live in the department/state of Sololá and speak their native language K’iche’. They value entrepreneurial training because it helps them to better manage their traditional clothing and spice businesses. Every two months women have access to basic health care exams and family planning services.

Kiva lenders, in association with Puente de Amistad, are highly valued by these women. Thank you!