Total loan: $2,175

La Esperanza Group

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Patzun, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy ingredients for her delicious recipes.

La Esperanza Group's story

Leyda, a 26-year-old divorced mother of a 4-year-old son, lives with her parents. Five years ago, she began her traditional textile business embroidering colorful blouses or “huipiles.”

As sales have dwindled in the current business climate, Leyda opened a small food business several months ago. She offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fortunately, the business is growing.

She is requesting her 1st Kiva loan to buy meat, fruit, vegetables and spices for her delicious recipes. Leyda feels hopeful and optimistic for the future of the business and that she will be able to provide for her son.

“La Esperanza” or “Hope” is the name of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank that Leyda is a member of along with 6 other Maya Kaqchikel women. They live in a rural area in the department/state of Chimaltenango.

It is disappointing for them not to meet for their monthly meetings due to the coronavirus. A Facilitator checks in with each of them by cell phone and recently, has shared information with them about essential healthy practices during this time.

Sharing information about healthy habits, women’s issues, family matters and effective business practices is part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of the organization. The ladies also have access to bi-monthly health screenings.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your generous participation! You are much appreciated!