Total loan: $4,375

Virgen De Guadalupe Group

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Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to expand her fried chicken business and buy drinks.

Virgen De Guadalupe Group's story

It has been difficult for Pascuala, a young 25 year old single mother with a 6 year old daughter, to find work as an accountant. She attended school to learn about this profession and now she cannot find work in this field. Pascuala lives with her parents and to help cover household and educational expenses, she opened a prepared food business selling fried chicken and potatoes from a cart on the street. She sells her delicious foods from 10:00 a.m. until curfew at the end of the afternoon. Pascuala is requesting her 1st KIVA loan to buy a variety of drinks to accompany her delicious chicken and potatoes.

Pascuala is the Treasurer of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Virgen de Guadalupe” along with 7 other Maya K’iche ladies who live in a rural area in the warm region of the state/department of Solola. As the women have little or no formal education, they benefit greatly from their monthly educational training sessions that have recently covered the importance of budgeting and wise usage of their loans and customer relations. These sessions are imperative for the success of the ladies and topics are drawn from 4 areas: business, health, family, women. They are designed by a Facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share the information. Every other month, a visiting nurse comes to them. “Microcredit Plus” is the name given to the combination of loans, education and health care services.

Thank you, KIVA investors, for extending a helping hand!