Total loan: $4,300

Chuipachaj Group

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Totonicapan, Totonicapan, Guatemala / Retail

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A loan helped to buy different designs of sandals.

Chuipachaj Group's story

Felipa, a 49 year old widow, is the mother of four adult children. Since her husband died nine years ago, she has been the matriarch of her family. She sells popular sandals in two nearby markets. She also raises chickens. Felipa is requesting her seventh loan to buy a quantity of sandals of different designs.

Felipa is an active member of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “Chuipachaj” in a rural area in the state of Totonicapan. There are eight other ladies in the group. Although they have little or no formal education and cannot read nor write, they are motivated and determined to succeed. They speak their indigenous language, Maya K’iche. When necessary, the ladies speak a little Spanish to their customers who come to them to buy live chickens, traditional clothing and sandals. The ladies are looking forward to investing in these businesses. They also look forward to the bi-monthly visits of a visiting nurse who speaks their language and is highly trained. The women receive health education, exams and if necessary, telehealth services. Friendship Bridge calls this essential combination of loans, education, health care and other “plus” services “Microcredit Plus”.

KIVA investors, partnering with Friendship Bridge, bring an opportunity to women, like Felipa and her friends, to step into a brighter future, benefiting themselves, their families and their community in Totonicapan. Thank you!