Total loan: $6,050

San Isidro Group

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Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy corn, firewood, piñatas, and sweets.

San Isidro Group's story

Guatemalan round tortillas are very hot like the sun. They are made from cooked white, yellow and black corn and are prepared by hand by women. Tortilla sales are a source of income for low-income people.

Brenda, a 54-year-old widow, runs a torilla business, and thanks to this business, she is achieving better living conditions for her four children (aged 19-34). Brenda was unable to attend school but is very pleased to provide a secondary education for all of her children. To generate other income, Brenda has a store where she offers a variety of sweets, piñatas and party accessories. She has applied for her first Kiva that she will use to buy a lot of corn, firewood, piñatas, and sweets.

There are 13 women who form the Communal Bank of Puente de Amistad, and all have the common goal of leading their families to success. This is accomplished through the good management of their businesses, which range from corn tortilla shops to the sale of delicious cakes. They receive different monthly trainings on making good investments, budgeting, health care, and leadership. Twice a month, a nurse also communicates with the women via cell phone to provide a medical consultation. Access to small loans, training and health are the Plus benefits that Puente de Amistad offers to more than 32,000 clients in the "Microcredit Plus" program.

Thank you to Kiva lenders for financing these impact loans!