Total loan: $2,325

Las Guadalupanas Sumatan Group

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San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala / Food

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A loan helped to buy ingredients for her delicious tacos and more clothing to resell.

Las Guadalupanas Sumatan Group's story

Two months ago, tragedy struck the home of 30-year-old Carmen. Her husband died leaving her to raise 3 children who range in age from 3-11. Fortunately, she has 2 businesses to create income: a food cart (tacos, fried potatoes) and a clothing business. Some of her income has been set aside for the continuing education of two of her children who are in the 2nd and 5th grades. Carmen is requesting her 3rd Kiva loan to buy ingredients for her tacos and more clothing to resell.

Carmen is the president of the Friendship Bridge Trust Bank Las Guadalupanas, located in a rural area in the department/state of Chimaltenango. There are 7 other ladies in the group who speak Spanish and Maya Kaqchikel. They meet monthly to make loan payments and participate in useful educational training sessions designed by a facilitator. Topics range from effective business management practices, healthy habits to good nutrition/hygiene, and women’s rights and roles. Every other month, a visiting nurse travels to their community and offers basic exams like blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Friendship Bridge calls the combination of loans, education and health care Microcredit Plus.

Kiva investors play a vital role in the lives of Carmen and her friends. Thank you to each of you!