Total loan: $3,750

Clavellinas 2 Group

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Nebaj, Quiche, Quiche, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy ingredients for her food business.

Clavellinas 2 Group's story

Despite the high level of unemployment, the Guatemalan population has found its own workspaces. The story of 46-year-old Isabel is an example of a separated woman who made cooking a business that has helped to feed and educate her seven children who are over the age of 7. Five of her children finished their secondary education and the younger ones are in primary school. Isabel states that the business of selling food, ice cream, and fruit has been profitable for her for the past 22 years. To continue expanding her business, Isabel is requesting her third loan with Kiva.

Isabel is an Ixil Mayan woman and one of the nine members of the Puente de Amistad Community Bank called "Clavellinas 2". All of them live in the Department of Quiché. They learned to budget and plan through the monthly training seminars taught by a facilitator from Friendship Bridge. Because most of them have little or no formal education, these training seminars are essential. They also receive information about their rights and empowerment. This effective combination of non-formal education, health services, and small loans is referred to as “Microcredit Plus”. Isabel and the rest of her fellow group members apply what they learn in their businesses of selling food, ice cream, poultry farming, traditional textiles, and “nixtamal” corn mills for making tortillas.

These women see a brighter path thanks to the support of the Kiva lenders.