Total loan: $3,350

Mujeres Emprendedoras Group

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San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá, Sololá Department, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy a corn-grinding mill and tools to make “nixtamal.”.

Mujeres Emprendedoras Group's story

Soaking corn in an alkaline solution makes it easier to grind, increases nutritional content (niacin, calcium) and delivers a delicious taste! Ericka, a 40-year-old married mother of 4 children, has had a corn-grinding “nixtamal” mill for 6 years for her tortilla business. She also has a convenience store. With her income, she has been able to take care of the basic needs of her family including the educational expenses of her children. With a Kiva loan, she will be able to increase both her business and her income. Ericka plans to buy a corn-grinding mill and tools to run it, to make “nixtamal,” a staple in the Guatemalan diet. Ericka was educated up to the third grade. She continues to learn at her monthly Friendship Bridge Trust Bank meetings about topics like health, women’s issues, family matters, and effective business management practices. Along with 6 other Maya Kaqchikel ladies, she is a member of the “Mujeres Emprendedoras” Trust Bank. The women raise poultry, make colorful traditional textiles, and have convenience stores and corn grinding “nixtamal” businesses. They sell from their homes and to neighbors and friends. Every other month, they have access to health care services. Friendship Bridge calls this useful combination of loans, education, health care, and other services, “Microcredit Plus”. (The child in this photograph appears next to his mother, who has signed authorizing the child to appear in the photograph). Thank you, Kiva investors, for believing in Ericka and her friends and for funding their much-appreciated loans!