Total loan: $6,100

Flor De Manzana Group

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San Pedro Jocopilas, El Quiche, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy corn, and a stove with a comal, or a griddle on which to cook her corn.

Flor De Manzana Group's story

Small tortilla shops are very popular in the state of Quiché. Here, a tortilla is food made with “nixtamalized” corn (i.e., corn that is cooked and ground). Angie is 22 years old, married, and raising four children who range in age from 6 months to 7 years old. She runs her own tortilla shop in a small store in Guatemala City and has an employee who works for her and delivers omelets at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Thanks to her business, Angie generates profits that allow her to provide better living conditions for her children. Due to the popularity of her food, her business has increased in recent months. That is why she is requesting her first Kiva loan to boost her business by buying corn, and a stove with a comal or griddle on which to cook corn.

For the eight women from the Puente de Amistad Flor de Manzana Community Bank, including Angie, the trainings offered in the Puente de Amistad Microcredit Plus program are helping with development and growth. They are trained in four main areas: business, women's affairs, family, and health. All the women are learning business management skills in budgeting, planning, and saving. In the words of Angie, “These issues are important for the success of small businesses, tortilla shops, and sale of traditional clothing.

“We hope to have the support of Kiva lenders, because without their financing, our businesses would not be successful,” says Angie.