Total loan: $6,475

Las Bellas Group

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Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped to buy paraffin for her candle business.

Las Bellas Group's story

Candles have been used in rural Guatemala for hundreds of years and they were the original source of light. They were used for cooking. In modern times, many people buy candles for special occasions to decorate and sell. This is the business of 26-year-old Gladys, a married mother of two children (ages five and nine). Her biggest wish is that her children have more opportunities to attend school. She understands the tremendous value of education as she was only able to attend school for two years.

Gladys has two other businesses: sewing and selling personal care products. She noted one year ago that a candle business could yield more income and so now she sells, both at the retail and wholesale level, to the stores in her community. She is requesting her first Kiva loan to buy paraffin.

Gladys is a member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Las Bellas” in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. Their common goal is to expand their businesses and generate more income. They meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational training that helps them manage their businesses, and care for themselves and their families. Every two months, they have access to preventative health care services. Friendship Bridge calls this combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

Gladys and her friends appreciate the partnership between Kiva and Friendship Bridge. They send their “thank yous” to Kiva lenders who fund their much appreciated loans!