Total loan: $1,500

El Mar Group

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Santa Catarina Palopo, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy fruit, vegetables, and ingredients for her “tayuyos.”.

El Mar Group's story

Maria, a 36-year-old mother of 3 children aged 2, 8, and 13, was widowed just 6 months ago. She has a 3rd grade education and lives in the department/state of Solola.

Maria has a traditional textile business and makes colorful blouses/"huipiles," belts/"fajas," and bracelets/"pulseras." There have not been many sales since the virus came to her town, so she opened a new business making "tayuyos," small tamales with black bean puree and wrapped in fresh corn leaves. She needs to buy fruit, vegetables, and other ingredients for her "tayuyos."

Maria is the president of her Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “El Mar.” There are 6 other women in the group who speak Maya “Kaqchikel.” Their businesses range from selling fruit, vegetables, and regional snack foods to traditional handicraft/textile fabrication. They look forward to their monthly meetings, when they make loan payments and then participate in educational training sessions, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education, and health care services. Topics are drawn from 4 areas: business, family, women, and health. Recently, they have learned the importance of offering products that their clientele can use.

This is a challenging time for everyone around the world and most especially in countries like Guatemala where markets are shut down, public transportation not available, and a curfew is in place. The public health system is practically non-existent. Thank you, Kiva investors, for lending a helping hand!