Total loan: $3,175

La Granja Group

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San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Services

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A loan helped to buy a big quantity of American clothing to resell!

La Granja Group's story

Perseverance, character and strength are three of the characteristics that describe Catalina, a 63 year old married mother of 3 adult children who now have their own families that include 6 grandchildren! When Catalina was only 6 years old, she began to sew all kinds of clothing and then opened up her own storefront. There was no money for her to attend school, so she poured her heart into her work and began to sell used clothing from the United States as well as her own designs. Later, she was able to provide for her children including their education. She is requesting her second Kiva loan to buy a big quantity of American clothing to resell!

Catalina is the President of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank “La Granja” located in a rural area in the department/state of Chimaltenango. There are 6 other Maya Kaqchikel ladies in the group who sew and sell clothing, both traditional and from the United States. Since they have little or no formal education, they look forward to their monthly meetings when a facilitator shares useful information with them drawn from 4 areas: health, family, women, business. A recent topic was about the importance of hygiene (washing hands, disinfecting surfaces). Every two months, a visiting nurse comes to offer various exams (breast, blood sugar) and family planning consults. Friendship Bridge calls this useful combination of loans, education and health care services “Microcredit Plus”.

Thank you, Kiva investors, for your kindness!