Total loan: $2,775

Mujeres De Santiago Group

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Chicacao, Suchitepéquez, Suchitepequez, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy ingredients for her delicious recipes.

Mujeres De Santiago Group's story

Matea, 33, shares: “I grew up in a home where my parents gave me an education until the 3rd grade and they also taught me to build a business for the future.” She is very excited to see that her food and slushie business is a success.

Matea is a married woman. Her husband also has a small business, a barber shop. Together they get on with their 4 children, aged 4 to 16. Matea uses part of her income to send 3 of her children to primary and secondary school. She wants to take advantage of the demand for her product and offer quality to her clientele. For this reason, Matea is requesting her first Kiva loan. She plans to buy ingredients for her delicious recipes.

There are 8 women in the Puente de Amistad community bank group "Mujeres de Santiago" who have traditional food and ice cream shops. They are originally from the Department (state) of Suchitepéquez and speak the Tz'utujil language. These women meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in educational training that helps them make wise decisions about business, health, family, and women. An important topic in Matea's life has been saving. Another benefit is that these women have access to basic health services every 2 months. Friendship Bridge calls the useful combination of loans, education, and health care "Microcredit Plus."

Thanks to the Kiva lenders for supporting the development of these visionary women!