Total loan: $3,925

Amigas Del Ixcanalero Group

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San Pablo La Laguna, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy a stove with a grill, firewood, a cylinder of gas and corn.

Amigas Del Ixcanalero Group's story

Small tortillas shops or “tortillerias” are ubiquitous in Guatemala. Fresh, hot, corn tortillas are usually made three times daily. Carmen, a 43 year old mother of 6 children, is the sole provider for her family, since her husband died a year ago. Two of her daughters help her deliver tortillas to neighbors in her community. Due to the curfew imposed by the government, Carmen now makes tortillas twice daily for breakfast and lunch. She wants to improve her business and is requesting her first KIVA loan to buy another stove with a grill, a cylinder of gas, firewood and corn.

Carmen, along with 6 other ladies, is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Amigas de Ixcanalero” in the department of Suchitepequez. They live in a rural area where they have their convenience stores, tortillerias and prepared food businesses. They look forward to their monthly meetings when they offer each other support, make loan payments and participate in educational trainings, part of the “Microcredit Plus” program of loans, education and health care services. The trainings are crucial to their success and include relevant topics based on 4 subjects: health, family, women, business. They have learned about how crucial it is to wear masks, have physical distance and wash hands. Every other month, the women have access to a traveling nurse.

The corona virus pandemic has brought new challenges to these ladies. Thank you, KIVA investors, for reaching out to Carmen and her friends!