Total loan: $2,900

Mandarinas De Ilom Group

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San Gaspar Chajul, Quiché, Quiché Department, Guatemala / Arts

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A loan helped buy more thread and inventory for her convenience store.

Mandarinas De Ilom Group's story

Ana is a busy, married, 26 year-old mother of two children (3,5), who has a convenience store and also weaves beautiful traditional, colorful blouses called “huipiles”. She opened her store when she was just 13 years old! She is currently requesting a KIVA loan to buy inventory for the store and a quantity of high quality thread for her textiles.

Ana is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank ‘Mandarinas de Ilom”. There are 11 Maya “Ixil” ladies in the group who live in a rural area in the department/state of Quiche. They are weavers of traditional textiles, sell chicken by the pound, and have convenience stores. Ana calls the monthly meetings to order and the ladies make loan payments. They participate in educational training sessions designed by a Facilitator who uses pictures, diagrams, role playing and games to share information. Topics are relevant to their lives and drawn from four areas: health, business, family, women. Every other month, they can have access to health care services. Friendship Bridge calls this effective combination of loans, education and health care “Microcredit Plus”.

During this challenging time, these women are especially appreciative of the partnership between KIVA and Friendship Bridge. Thank you, KIVA investors!