Total loan: $3,450

Union Activa Group

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Solola, Solola, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy vegetables, fruits and spices to continue preparing delicious food.

Union Activa Group's story

Small sales of food and vegetables are found everywhere in the western highlands of Guatemala, and are a source of income for many families. For Manuela, 37, this business has been very profitable for several years. She is a married woman who attended school for 4 years. To generate additional income, Manuela also embroiders and weaves colorful typical blouses, called huipiles. Thanks to the profits from the business, Manuela supports her husband with the educational expenses of their 2 children, 5 and 11 years old. Manuela is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy fruits, vegetables and spices to continue preparing food and selling from home.

There are 7 Maya K’iche women who form the Communal Bank “Union Activa” and live in a rural area of ​​the department/state of Sololá. They have small food, fruit and vegetable businesses, poultry farms, as well as firewood sales. Women learn to run their businesses in monthly educational trainings. Topics like planning, budgeting, and investing are vital to the success of their business. They also learn about health, nutrition, and self-esteem. Manuela indicates that maintaining a balanced diet, taking hygiene measures, and keeping social distance will help prevent her from getting the coronavirus. Puente de Amistad calls this combination of loans, education and health "Microcredit Plus".

The Kiva Lenders united with Puente de Amistad are important in the life of Manuela and her friends. Thank you!