Total loan: $4,600

Las Victorias Group

San Antonio Palopo, Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy vegetables, meat, and spices to make snacks to sell.

Las Victorias Group's story

Small food sales are found everywhere in the western highlands of Guatemala, being a source of income for many families. Virginia, 42, is a married woman who did not attend school. She is a member of the Communal Bank of Puente de Amistad “Las Victorias” and has this business. Four days a week, Virginia prepares and sells delicious snacks at her community school. To generate additional income, on Fridays she also sells in the market. Thanks to the profits from the business, Virginia supports her husband with the educational expenses of their four children. Virginia is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy vegetables, meat and spices to continue preparing food and selling from home.

There are nine Maya Kaqchikel women who form this communal bank and live in a rural area of ​​the department/state of Sololá. They run small "parts" businesses, chicken by the pound and firewood. Women learn to run their businesses in their monthly educational trainings. Topics like planning, budgeting, and investing are vital. Virginia indicates that learning about women's rights has enabled her to assert them. They also learn about health, nutrition, and self-esteem. Every two months, they have access to basic health services. Puente de Amistad calls this combination of loans, education and medical care "Microcredit Plus". (The children in the photograph are children of the borrowers).

Kiva lenders, associated with Puente de Amistad, are important in the lives of Virginia and her friends. Thank you!